Time for a quick tour roundup from network operators and builders, with items from Alpheus, United Fiber & Data, EdgeConnex, BullsEye, and Windstream.
Down in Texas, Alpheus Communications has lined up a new $135M credit facility. They'll be using the money both to refinance their current debt and to fund additional growth. And by growth they mean both organic and inorganic opportunities. Just what might Alpheus be in the market for? Hmmm, I'll have to think about that one, although something like Transtelco and its assets straddling the border might be an interesting fit given their recent Marcatel NNI. Bank Street arranged the financing.
United Fiber & Data says it is all done with the network engineering for the river crossings over the Hudson and the Passaic. UFD, if you'll recall, is planning a brand new alternate fiber route between New York City and Ashburn down in Virginia that takes a 375 mile western route through York PA. Construction started on March 1 with completion aimed for later this year, with 100Gps services to follow soon thereafter.
EdgeConneX has finally announced the appointment of their new Chief Commercial Officer. Ramblings readers have known for several weeks about Clint Heiden's new gig of course. He'll be helping EdgeConnex's expansion plans both in small cell deployments and elsewhere, and we'll be hearing more from them as the year goes on I'm sure.
BullsEye has launched a broadband aggregation solution called Synergy, building on its current broadband portfolio. The services is circuit agnostic and can handle up to eight of them. One of the key features is that enterprises can get better usage out of their backup circuit's unused capacity - though if you need much of that I'd think you also need some bigger pipes already.
Windstream has expanded its managed UC portfolio with the help of Avaia. The two are collaborating for fully managed cloud-based advanced UC services by subscription. Windstream has been working hard to find more ways to put its datacenter and cloud infrastructure to work in the enterprise market. Managed UC seems like an obvious addition to their portfolio.