On Friday, southeastern metro fiber operator FiberLight announced further fiber expansions, this time in the Atlanta area. They have added fiber routes both downtown and in the surrounding counties of Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb in response to demand from both the wholesale and large enterprise segments. Atlanta was already one of the company’s deepest individual markets, and also perhaps the most competitive – the metro area has a rather large stable of competitive providers.
Over the past two years they have added more than 50% to their route miles in Atlanta. Downtown that means new connectivity to important interconnection spots like Telx at 56 Marietta, Equinix at 180 Peachtree, and QTS at 300 Satellite. Beyond downtown, they won a contract with a suburban city government in which they have pulled fiber into some 15 buildings with more to come, and they are in the process of building a new 3.5 mile loop in a developing high tech area Gwinnett county.
Amidst the growing M&A surge in the sector, FiberLight’s assets seem like they are well positioned for both sides, as acquirer or acquiree. I wonder if Alpheus over in Texas would be an ideal fit, since they have been investing heavily in fiber over there already.