The metro fiber expansion train continues to roll. Down in Texas just before Labor Day, Alpheus Communications announce its expansion deeper into several South Texas markets. The company will be lighting its fiber assets in the cities of McAllen, Laredo, and Harlingen. The new network facilities will enable Alpheus to offer access and local loop from various interconnection sites.
Alpheus has long had dark fiber reach into South Texas, but most of their focus has until now been on the traditional major markets of Dallas-Ft.Worth and Houston as well as San Antonio and Austin. This expansion does not necessarily imply a major buildout, they are perhaps just now finding the economics sufficiently favorable for lit services on fiber and conduit they had been sitting on since the bubble days. Nevertheless, I wonder if they have further expansion in mind down the road. Who knows, they might even make it out of Texas eventually.
There was a report a few months ago that Alpheus was on the market, but I have heard nothing since. The region has been pretty hot lately though, I can think of several network operators who would be interested and I suspect private equity would be as well. But for now, they seem to