Following quickly on the heels of its move out in San Diego, tw telecom's national metro markets expansion moved back to the East Coast. With the Level 3 deal still pending, they have been pushing steadily ahead with the expansion they announced last November. Today the market is the greater New York City metro area, which may be the biggest metro market in the country but has never been one of tw telecom's bigger strongholds.
But with the help of that dark fiber from Zayo, tw telecom's New York team will soon have a bunch of fiber to the north to expand into. Zayo, of course, has the former AboveNet fiber assets, of which the New York footprint was the crown jewel. tw telecom is thus able to add fiber up through the Bronx into Westchester County and over into western Connecticut to Stamford.
There are not many new metro markets left to officially enter in the expansion plans they announced last year (Boston probably being the most visible), but then there probably aren't very many weeks left before the Level 3 deal closes. Just how Level 3 goes about combining tw telecom's well established and growing enterprise networking business with its own increasingly dynamic enterprise business will be closely watched. The combined metro assets have always been quite complementary and the potential is great, but the cultures will have to be merged carefully to achieve what they are clearly hoping for.