Metro Bytes: Integra, EdgeConnex, SSE Telecoms, Comcast, FirstLight

April 3rd, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

There's been a bunch of metro fiber news in the past few days, here's a quick rundown:

Integra continues to make better use of its western regional fiber network. This week they announced a nearly 50% jump in the number of data centers they have on-net across their footprint in the past six months. That gives them 92 overall, with more on the way. And of those on the way, as et of EdgeConnex's facilities will be on that list. The two announced a partnership just this morning to hook up EdgeConnex's locations across seven metro areas, with more in the future.

In the UK, SSE Telecoms has also been expanding its footprint. Today they announced the opening of another 30 PoPs, most of which are in London but also add coverage in Birmingham, Cambridge, Coventry, Derby, Edinburgh, Leeds, Slough, and Windsor. That's in addition to some 24 announced in the fall and to the data center connectivity they built out just last month.

Comcast Business got a boost to its federal business. The General Services Administration has awarded them a Schedule 70 contract, which will let them sell their metro Ethernet services to government sector buyers. They hope to add their voice, internet, and TV offerings to that in the future.

And in the northeast, FirstLight Fiber added another healthcare customer win yesterday. The New England Telehealth Consortium (NETC) will use their data center in Lebanon, New Hampshire to support its regional operations. If the name didn't give it away, NETC will be focusing on delivering health services to rural areas that wouldn't otherwise have them locally.

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