Here's a quick Friday roundup of news items from the week that I don't seem to have gotten to:
Level 3 had two items earlier this week, each about the expansion of its product suite. They have expanded the company's Voice Complete enterprise communications solutions into Western Europe. They'll now be able to offer IP-based voice to enterprises across Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. And on the cloud front, Level 3 achieved Advanced Partner status for Amazon AWS's Partner Network.
Lumos Networks had two bits of news this week from two very different ends of its business but similar geographies. On the RLEC side, Lumos has launched 1Gbps speeds across its entire FTTP footprint in western Virginia. There has been talk that Lumos might sell off the RLEC side of its business, but no action so far. Meanwhile, they also built out their fiber network into the Rockbridge Area Network Authority data center in Lexington, just down the road. That brings their on-net data center list up to 36, a number they have been actively increasing as they invest in their fiber reach across Virginia.
Up in Canada, Cologix picked up another fiber operator tenant in Quebec. Hydro One Telecom has deployed a PoP at the company's MTL 7 data center in downtown Montreal. Hydro One is a Canadian energy utility, and its telecom arm leverages those rights of way giving it diversity from the traditional operator routes. They were already in Cologix's Toronto facility back in their home turf of Ontario.
And back in my home turf of New Jersey, Lightpath racked up yet another deal in the education vertical. They have brought fiber to bear in the Ramsey School District up in the wealthy northeastern bastion of Bergen County. Lightpath is providing 1G connections into three elementary schools plus 10G connections for the middle and high schools as well as between other district sites. The district has deployed some 2000 iPads and has standardized on Google Apps for Education.