Here's a few quick takes in fiber, interconnection, and voice.
Along with its earnings report yesterday, soon-to-be-private Lumos Networks revealed growing sales activity down in Virginia Beach. They are seeing an expanded sales pipeline for both lit and dark service on the routes from the new cable landing station there on to Richmond and Ashburn. Telefonica has both the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems coming online over the next 5 quarters, and their arrival in Virginia Beach has prompted some interesting infrastructure investment from a number of parties.
ShoreTel has been busy down in the southeast. They announced yesterday that Georgia Tourism will be using Summit, which is ShoreTel's Communications Platform as a Service offering. Georgia Tourism has implemented IVR and other capabilities as part of the communications network used by 12 visitor information centers across the state, enabling calls to be routed from busy ones to idle ones.
Ericsson's iconectiv business has a new minority owner. Francisco Partners is acquiring 16.7% of the firm for $200M, valuing the business at about $1.2B. Deriving from the Telcordia acquisition in 2012, iconectiv's specialty is solutions for interconnection and numbering, and happens to serve as the Local Number Portability administrator in the US. It's pretty hard to type iconectiv without adding an extra 'n' and 'e', but I suppose I'll have to get used to it.
Cataleya has launched its virtualized session border controller. Named vOrchid One, the SBC replicates the functionality of its hardware-based cousin, Orchid One, and can deliver up to 2,250 concurrent session per core. Cataleya was founded by Epsilon back in 2014 and was recently sold by Epsilon to a group led by its former founder and CEO Andreas Hipp.
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