Here are four interesting items to look at from the start of this week:
Zayo leveraged its metro depth on both sides of the Atlantic to pick up a new enterprise customer in the financial vertical this week. They have been selected by a global asset management company to hook up eight locations across multiple cities in both the UK and the USA. The solution leverages E-LAN Ethernet, connecting the company's HQ, data centers, disaster recovery centers, and third party clouds.
Alpheus Communications has been adding more fiber to its Texas markets in recent quarters, and yesterday supplied an update. They have added another 2,400 near-net buildings containing some 14,000 businesses across the three markets of Auston, Houston, and Dallas. In Dallas they've added fiber around the UT Southwestern Medical Center and Love Field airport. In Houston, they've moved into business areas northwest of downtown Houston. And in Austin, the expansion moved into a high growth area between Loop360/Txas Capital Freeway and Bee Caves Road.
FirstLight Fiber added some more channel muscle this week up in New York and New England. They've announced a new partnership with Intelisys Communications, whose sales partners will now have access to the operator's fiber and data services across the region. FirstLight is in the process of being sold by Riverside to Oak Hill Capital Partners, a move that will probably increase the resources available to the company for further expansion.
And vXchnge has a new tenant at its data center in Philadelphia. Hammer Fiber Optic Investments will be using its presence there as a central hub for the layer 3 services they expect to launch this quarter. Despite the fiber in their name, it appears that Hammer's aim is to roll out some form of consumer fixed wireless service in southern New Jersey with double play and triple play options. That's my home turf, so I'll be curious to see what they are actually up to.