Allstream's Strople takes seat on Metro Ethernet Forum board

Canadian business services provider Allstream expanded its influence on the Ethernet services market as Mike Strople, its chief operating officer, was elected to the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) board of directors.

Mike Strople, Allstream

Strople (Image source: Allstream)

Strople is the only director from a Canadian company to be appointed to the board.

During the MEF's annual meeting in Montreal earlier this month, the organization elected three new members to the board, including Strople, Rob Rockell, VP of Engineering for Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA), and Shahar Steiff, AVP Business Operations at PCCW Global.

Strople's appointment to the MEF board comes at a transitional time for the service provider.

In May, Allstream's parent Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS) announced that it agreed to sell the business services unit to Accelero Capital, a move that will enable it to sharpen its focus on serving the enterprise services market.

Seeing the opportunity to serve its customers that have facilities in the United States and those that are expanding into Toronto, Allstream established a second point of presence (PoP) with Telx at its facility on Cermak Street in the South Loop of Chicago's Central Business District. This location will give Allstream and its customers access to 40 domestic and international carriers and physical connection points to other telecom networks and Internet backbones.

Its partnership with Telx complements the work Allstream has already done to extend its fiber network to about 3,000 buildings throughout Canada and U.S. connection points in Seattle, New York City, Buffalo and Chicago.

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Accelero Capital to purchase Allstream for $504M
MTS Allstream's Q1 broadband, converged IP revenues rise to $53.5 million
MTS expands VDSL2, FTTH home network capabilities with Pace gateways
Legacy declines drag down MTS Allstream by 6 percent in Q4, to $410 million