Last week, Texas regional and metro provider Alpheus Communications joined the growing list of expansions by fiber-based telecoms in early 2010. The company has invested in additional fiber in the Houston metro area, adding a major new ring in North and West Harris County. The fiber passes through the energy and high tech areas along FM249 and near many wireless towers.
Alpheus has long had one of the more extensive alternative fiber networks in Texas, Their customer base tends to be of the wholesale variety, and their lit buildings are generally locations such as central offices, datacenters, and wireless switching offices. Lately though, they have been adding some emphasis on the enterprise sector as well. I feel their footprint would make it an attractive consolidation candidate, but for now they seem content to simply operate and grow in what is an increasingly favorable economic environment.
Like others across the metro fiber industry, Alpheus has been seeing powerful demand for the fiber and bandwidth it offers. This Houston expansion shows that they also are putting money back into their network, adding greater and greater depth. I wonder when they will begin to expand their coverage to new markets as well, e.g. into Oklahoma or Louisiana?