Metro Bytes: Mammoth, Conterra, Integra, FirstLight, Global Capacity

May 14th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

Yesterday we went through a few of the international announcements out there, today here is a look at a few of the US metro connectivity variety that are worth a look:

Mammoth Networks beefed up its network reach again this week with two new NNI agreements. Interconnections with the Denver-based MHO Networks and the Washington state regional operator Noel Communications will let Mammoth serve fiber connectivity to more places and give MHO and Noel more off-net options as well. Mammoth also recently expanded out of the Rockies and down into Dallas.

Conterra Broadband picked up a substantial E-Rate fiber contract down in El Paso. They'll be providing a fiber network hooking up 101 schools and administrative facilities with the district's data center. Each location will get 1Gbps of bandwidth, which should be enough to get by with for a while. Conterra recently changed hands, with Court Square and senior management investing new dollars while other private equity owners cashed out.

Integra says it has been accepted to MiCTA, an organization which purchases services for the healthcare, nonprofit, and education sectors. With vendor approval in 11 categories, Integra hopes to expand its sales to the verticals MiCTA represents. For the last several years Integra has been transitioning toward larger, more sophisticated network customers and investing in its fiber footprint.

The far northeastern US now has more 100G options. FirstLight Fiber says it has extended the capabilities throughout its on-net locations across Upstate New York and Northern New England, not just in a few key spots as one usually sees 100G. The upgrade used Ciena's packet-optical platform and was put in place with support from the integrator LightRiver Technologies.

And Global Capacity is spreading its influence across the border into Canada. Their access marketplace now offers visibility and automated network pricing to locations across some 60,000 route kilometers in 40 Canadian cities. They have interconnections with Canadian service providers in New York, Chicago, and Seattle.

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