Here's a quick roundup of interesting mid-week news items, three from the metro and two from VoIP/UC:
Up in the New Hampshire city of Manchester, FirstLight Fiber revealed a new customer this week. California-based hopTo has signed on for space in the company's data center as well as high speed internet connectivity. hopTo will use those resources to help power the company's mobile workspace application, locating them nearby to their IT team based in nearby Concord.
Comcast's metro fiber buildout continues to roll on. This week they extended their network to the Modesto Business Park out in California's central valley. The $580K investment brings their fiber and metro Ethernet within range of some 280 businesses. Comcast Business has been on an organic growth binge for years now, but was denied the opportunity to expand inorganically earlier this year when regulators nixxed the TWC deal.
In Texas, TelePacific is on the move again. They have signed a distribution agreement with the master agency Aligned Communications. It has been four years now since TelePacific entered the Texas market with the acquisition of Telwest. Since then they've taken a patient, organic approach to expanding their foothold, and this is just another step on that path that adds some additional channel resources to the company's sales funnel.
In the world of VoIP, MegaPath has some new technological firepower to bring to bear. They have partnered up with Bigleaf Networks for better performance monitoring, becoming the first VoIP and UC company to join the latter's Cloud Assurance Partner Program. Over the past year and a half, MegaPath has streamlined itself into a cloud networking and communications provider by selling off its wholesale network business to Global Capacity and its managed services division to GTT.
And Bandwidth also revealed a new partnership this week. They're working with 3CX, a developer of software-based PBX and conferencing systems based over in the UK. 3CX gains a bigger presence in US markets, while Bandwidth improves the range of SIP trunking solutions it can bring to bear on the SMB segment.
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