Friday Roundup: WOW!, Independents, Frontier, Hancock

December 18th, 2015 by · 1 Comment

I expect lots will be off for much of the next two weeks.  I’ll be here for all but the actual holidays though, should you want a quick catch-up.  Here’s some Ethernet, some fiber expansion, and some VoIP from the metro and regional side of networks for this Friday morning:

WOW! Business is taking its wholesale business to a new level. They have introduced a wholesale Ethernet over Hybrid Fiber Coax service across the cable operator’s footprint. That will let them provide other network operators with last mile 3,5, and 10Mbps symmetrical EoHFC service. Like its larger brethren, the Ethernet-based business services market has been good to WOW!, and this will perhaps let them get a piece of the larger, multisite enterprise opportunity.

Independents Fiber Network is expanding southward from its North and Central Ohio turf into the southwestern part of the state. The fiber operator has established PoPs in Lebanon and Vandalia, improving their interconnectivity with two community-oriented providers in the region. They also have plans to build out some fiber-to-the-tower with 10 sites currently targeted.

Frontier is touting an interesting enterprise win in the southwest. Century 21 Barbara Ricca Realty has picked their digital Mitel-based communications solution to replace an aging Nortel-based PBX. The realtor needed better connectivity between its home office, its agents, and customers from around the country. Frontier should be almost all set to get a lot bigger again with that purchase of more Verizon territory entering the home stretch.

And Hancock Telephone is focusing some attention on its business communications solutions as well up on the eastern corner of the New York, Pennsylvania border. The hundred-year-old provider has picked GENBAND’s hosted communications solution to make the transition into the VoIP and UC world. Hancock expects lower capex as well as the possibility of expanding its reach into new markets.

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Categories: Ethernet · Fiber Networks · Telecom Equipment · VoIP

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