Down in Texas, Alpheus Communications says it is expanding both its workforce and its fiber network to take on the enterprise market. The regional fiber operator has traditionally been more of a wholesale player, with its fairly conservative chief focus having been to sell fiber access to central offices and major aggregation points across the region to larger telecommunications carriers.
But last year the private equity group Gores bought the company, and they are now ready to invest in the assets and take them to another level. They'll be investing more than $10M to add personnel and build out fiber to directly address the bandwidth demands of Texas businesses.
Their 300 central office and PoP footprint gives them 88,000 buildings they can serve via Ethernet right now, mostly via Ethernet-over-copper of course. The 3,200 route miles of metro fiber give them a substantial footprint on which to add additional depth by bringing fiber into larger customer sites.
Gores also operates First Communications, which is also putting money into better developing its Mid-Atlantic and Midwest fiber assets. When Gores bought Alpheus they mentioned combining the two, but for now they seem to have passed on that possibility. Gores could also be in the market for additional fiber assets, although most of the low hanging fruit has been snapped up already.