Time for a quick roundup of other news from the networking world:
GTT picked up another deal in a part of the world that the Inteliquent global network they recently had been active in. Turk Telekom International has tapped them for both IP and Ethernet connectivity. Much of Turk Telecom’s international network presence comes from the purchase a few years back of the Hungarian-based Invitel’s wholesale business, an asset I hadn’t thought about in a while.
Level 3 is putting resources into a deeper local market presence in northern California. With 300 buildings on-net and 650 routes miles in the Bay area, it’s not like it’s a new market for them but it has still been more of a wholesale one. Level 3 seems to be expanding the territories where it sends boots on the ground to the enterprise marketplace, i.e. what is now its strongest growth engine. They’ve also added network fiber in electrical conduit, which I suspect may relate to the quiet acquisition last year of IP Networks Inc, which had just that sort of asset base.
Also out west, Integra is expanding its indirect channel. They’ve entered into an agreement with the Agent Alliance as a preferred provider. Agent Alliance focuses on cloud services, but of course to get the most out of the cloud you have to have the connectivity too and Integra’s metro and regional fiber depth will help with that.
In the Midwest, US Signal is adding more to its cloud portfolio although in this case it doesn’t involve connectivity. This month it is a Cloud Kiosk service enabling businesses a convenient way to get data to the cloud. Rather than upload it over fiber, though, this kiosk is an actual kiosk where they can bring in hard drives, servers, or storage devices physically and connect them to an access point in the data center to upload at high speed and low latency. The first one is in Madison WI, with two more sites in the works over in Grand Rapids MI.
BrightStar Communications has signed on with Global Capacity’s One Marketplace platform. With a 10Gbps Ethernet connection in Ashburn, BrightStar can expand the breadth of the network it serves the hospitality industy with. And on the flip side, Global Capacity gets another unique set of Ethernet access endpoints to add to the marketplace.
And back over in Eastern Europe GTS Central Europe also won a deal in the hospitality industry. Orbis Hotel Group has tapped them for a custom fiber network that will connect up to 56 hotels in Poland and support their management systems in both Poland and the Baltics. GTS will soon be part of the Deutsche Telekom family, although I’m not sure when the deal will close.
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FYI, the Agent Alliance is just a volume buying group for master agents. It is primarily focused on network. It was a huge proponent for TNCI (and its equity plan). It is only now beating the cloud drum because well it has to. But under the covers it is mainly just volume buying to get better commissions from carriers (more telco than cloud).