Metro Roundup: US Signal, Neo, UNSi, Integra, tw telecom

September 30th, 2013 by · Leave a Comment

Not much news out there yet to kick off the week, but fortunately last week there were a bunch of metro fiber items I didn’t get to:

In the Midwest, the regional fiber operator US Signal made good on its plans to offer more managed services to the enterprise community. They’ve introduced a hosted private cloud service aimed at the healthcare vertical, amongst others. It offers dedicated computing resources and flexible storage options for disaster recovery and business continuity.

Neo Telecoms got a high profile metro customer in its Parisian home turf. The French metro fiber and hosting company is supplying Sprint with a DWDM solution. Sprint is using the bandwidth to bring its IP backbone into a key data center. It’s nice to see Sprint expanding a bit on the wireline side in the wake of the Softbank deal.

UNSi won a fixed wireless deal out in Sin City. They are the exclusive wireless provider for the Las Vegas Barrett-Jackson Car Auction under a three year deal with Barrett-Jackson that included last week’s show and runs through next January. For last week’s event they provided 70Mbps of symmetrical bandwidth to the Mandalay Bay. UNSi’s fixed wireless capabilities come via its acquisition of AirBand earlier this year of course.

Integra offered an update on its ongoing fiber expansion out west. For the past two years they’ve poured resources into their fiber footprint, making the transition to a higher bandwidth portfolio offered to the wholesale and mid-to-large enterprise market. They now have 62 data centers on-net, with 13 more coming online by the end of the year. Six of those to come are in the California Bay area, and four down in Phoenix.

Silicon Valley is getting some new attention from tw telecom. The enterprise-focused national metro operator has extended its network into the region’s familiar hubs of Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood Shores, San Jose, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. Given tw telecom’s penetration of US metro markets, I think what’s most surprising is that they weren’t there already.

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