It's time for a quick roundup of recent news from the metro:
In southern California, Wilcon has followed up its merger with Freedom Dark Fiber by hooking up the sort of customer we tend to associate with the region but rarely hear much about in the world of fiber. They've built fiber to Los Angeles Center Studios, giving the independent movie studio transport capabilities throughout the metro area.
PEG Bandwidth has turned to Alcatel-Lucent routers and switches to power its backhaul networks across the Northeast and MidAtlantic. PEG has stayed largely under the radar, but is in the midst of a 1,500 cell site, 6,000 route mile buildout bringing 4G LTE backhaul beyond the urban areas it has started with. They also recently purchased Inline down on the Gulf Coast, deepening their network there via inorganic means.
In the Midwest, tw telecom continued its Ethernet offensive with a data center hookup in Wisconsin. They've extended their footprint into Data Holding LLC's facility in Milwaukee, where they are bringing bandwidth to Paragon Development Systems. tw telecom announced some major expansion plans with its Q3 earnings, maybe in a few weeks we'll get some more details.
And XO lined up a deal in the financial services vertical. The Bank Administration Institute is using their enterprise cloud services to streamline their storage, backup and disaster recovery systems. Disaster simulations suggest the switch has cut BAI's recovery time from two weeks to two days. XO's cloud services have been one of the growth avenues they have been pursuing since Icahn took the company private a couple years ago.
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