Metro Bytes: FirstLight, Alpheus, ZenFi, LightRiver

May 12th, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

I've been on the road for much of this week for personal reasons, my apologies if coverage has been a bit spotty.  Here are a few deals from in and around the metro space this week:

FirstLight Fiber has picked up some business in the education space.  The Greater Johnstown School District has selected the company for internet connectivity throughout the city, which lies in Fulton County just to the northwest of the Albany metro area in upstate New York.  The district serves some 1,800 students from pre-K through 12th grade.  Albany is of course one of FirstLight's core metro markets, so they have plenty of local expertise on hand.

In New York City, ZenFi says it has completed some build-outs.  They have added fiber connections to Cologuard's data center in Brooklyn and to the carrier hotel at 32 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan.  ZenFi has been busy putting the pieces in place for both backhaul and fronthaul networks in New York City specifically designed for next generation wireless deployments.  But of course the core network underlying that will be loops in and out of the key facilities around the region, and so far ZenFi is on-net at 8 major locations in NYC and another 19 in New Jersey.

Alpheus has launched flat rate pricing for wavelength services.  The regional Texas operator is offering carriers 1G and 10G connections with predictable pricing, allowing more convenient reach into the company's metro reach.  Alpheus says its network can reach 13,000 on-net and near-net locations across its footprint.

And LightRiver Technologies chimed in with a partnership this week.  They are teaming up with Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories to better serve the industrial and utility space.  The arrangement will pair LightRiver's network design and commissioning capabilities with SEL's ICON and other platforms designed for critical infrastructure industries.  SEL has a major new release of its ICON platform coming out this summer that will include deterministic packet transport via Ethernet.

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