Friday Metro: Integra, Zayo, Merit, FirstLight, TelePacific, Alpheus

March 7th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

I’ll be back from my trip to Metro Connect in Miami and Telecom Exchange West after the weekend. In the meantime, here are three metro fiber items from this week and two that I missed earlier that are worth a look:

Integra says it has upgraded its Ethernet network, standardizing its Carrier Ethernet platform across its entire western regional footprint. That includes fiber-fed buildings, EoC connections, EoTDM connections, and of course their NNIs to other networks. The upgrades will streamline Integra’s ongoing efforts to penetrate the larger, multi-site enterprise markets.

The day before it bought CoreXchange down in Texas, Zayo announced a network buildout up in the Kansas City metro area. They have added 16.6 miles of dark fiber in what they call the “Northland”, crossing the Missouri River twice in a ring configuration to complete the ring.

In Michigan, Merit Network says it has completed an upgrade to its network. They’ve put in 100G and 40G on the research and education network’s critical paths. That includes a 100G path between its Chicago metro ring and Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Lansing, and a 40Gbps direct pipe between Chicago and Ann Arbor. They also now have K12 members using a whole 10Gbps connection to their backbone.

Last week, FirstLight Fiber picked up a research and manufacturing network deal. Albany Molecular Research Inc is using their Ethernet network to upgrade its connectivity to 10Gbps. The Albany metro area is one of FirstLight’s strongholds, and AMRI has been an customer of theirs for a while of course.

TelePacific has been steadily adding more capabilities in Texas, which it entered a few years ago with the purchase of TelWest. Last week they did a deal with Alpheus to boost their EoC coverage by 134 central offices.  Alpheus has been focusing more on fiber lately, but its EoC footprint and central office coverage have long been one of their principal assets.  The fit is good enough that I wouldn’t have been surprised if TelePacific had bought Alpheus and its Texas network infrastructure outright, but I guess the price wasn’t right.


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