Time for a quick roundup of some news from around the sector to round out the week:
Allied Fiber revealed another new dark fiber customer for the southeastern build they completed earlier this year. They have sold a 20-year IRU to the Georgia Transmission Corporation, a not-for-profit electric cooperative. GTC will be using four fibers between Jacksonville and Atlanta as well as space in the Georgia colo huts in Fargo, Ashburn, and Barnesville. The fiber will hook up GTC's various markets with each other as well as with the major exchange points on each end of the route.
Viatel is extending its voice portfolio with a little help from Cirpack. The pan-European network operator is deploying Cirpack's solutions across its core markets in the UK, France, Germany, and the Netherlands, with the rest of their network on the menu in the second phase. Viatel is the fiber and network arm of Digiweb, which bought the company two years ago.
Bandwidth has a new customer for its communications API. McLeod Software is using Bandwidth's platform to add robust text messaging to its LoadMaster dispatch software. LoadMaster is used by trucking companies to manage its fleets and keep drivers up to date on their assigned loads.
And there was a bit of M&A in the sector yesterday as well. Seattle-based X5 Solutions has agreed to acquire the nextgen carrier NovaTel. The deal will expand X5's reach both in the US and Europe and bring in more than 200,000 SIP ports as well. X5 has been a portfolio company of NewSpring Capital since March, and in April bought Switching Concepts. I haven't run into them before, but if they keep making inorganic moves then I'm sure I will again.
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