Metro Bytes: Lumos, UPN, Enventis, Birch

June 24th, 2014 by · Leave a Comment

I’m back in the USA again, though still bleary-eyed.  I’ll be at the Telecom Exchange tomorrow to host a CEO Roundtable.  In the meantime, however, here is a quick rundown of some recent news from the metro:

Lumos has been quite vocal lately about its expansion plans. They started off this week with the distribution of a 15,000 location ‘near net list’ to the company’s carrier partners around the country. They’re hoping to help other carriers reach some of those enterprise, cell site, and data center locations with 100Mb Ethernet or higher, with both sides obviously benefiting. Lumos’s West Virginia, Virginia, and Pennsylvania territories definitely have a lot of room for on-net expansion.

Unite Private Networks added another school district in Colorado to its customer list. Mesa County Valley School District 51 has signed up for a 73 mile fiber network. It will connect all 45 of the district’s sites as well as their technology hub in Grand Junction. Phase 1 of the 10 year agreement will be in place by late spring 2015 with all sites online the following summer.

The upper midwest has some more cloud service options this week. The regional independent network operator Enventis is expanding its portfolio there on multiple fronts. They’ve introduced cloud computing, security, and wifi and have enhanced their UC offerings. Enventis operates a deep regional and metro fiber network up in Minnesota and North Dakota, and is looking to leverage that presence to gain more high margin revenue from the enterprise market.

And Birch may still be busy with the Cbeyond deal, but they’ve got other pans on the stove too. Late last week they closed out one of the smaller deals they also announced in April. The acquisition of Liberty-Bell Telecom’s wireline business customers from DISH is now complete. They also have agreements to acquire customer assets from EveryCall Communications and Selectel Communications in the hopper.

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Categories: CLEC · Cloud Computing · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber

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