Metro Roundup: Fibertech, Integra, Verizon, RCN, LightPath

April 17th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Lots of other metro network news from this week that is worth a quick look, here’s a quick rundown:

Out west, Integra has picked up a five year federal contract. They’ve been awarded a Local Integrated Services Acquisition (LISA) contract by the GSA. Integra will now be able to sell its voice, data, and managed/cloud services to agencies and such throughout GSA Region 8, i.e. Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. That’s another step up the food chain for Integra, which has been leveraging its fiber footprint to take on larger enterprises and organizations over the past few years.

Fibertech’s expansion out in Ohio took the form of a new data center on-net this week. They’ve built out to vXchnge’s data center at 200 Prospect in downtown Cleveland. An initial customer for the facility’s new bandwidth is the insurance adjuster Catastrophe Management Solutions.  Fibertech announced an aggressive expansion plan out in Ohio at the end of 2012.

Verizon says it is taking 100G into its metro network footprint. They’re deploying gear from Fujitsu and Tellabs to hook up enterprise customers around the country. It’s interesting that Verizon was such an early adopter of 100G on its intercity backbone, but that just now they’re looking to apply the technology in the metro. According to the company, the economics of 100G still aren’t as attractive in the metro but they’ve become good enough to get started.

RCN Business has been making more news lately. This week they announced that ARIN, also known as the guys who give out IP addresses in North America, tapped them for the fiber connectivity for the ARIN 33 conference in Chicago this week. RCN is a sponsor for the event as well.

In the New York metro area, LightPath has extended its lead in raw on-net buildings depth amongst non-incumbents. They’ve apparently passed the 7,000 on-net building mark, quietly adding more than one thousand in the past year in their single, giant market. Nearly half of the new adds were in New Jersey, where they are still seeing plenty of opportunity for further expansion.

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