Catching up on a few metro and regional fiber news items:
Over in Europe, euNetworks (SIN:H23, news) continued to add heft to its management team, bringing in James Thomas as Chief Financial Officer, effective tomorrow. Thomas came from TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc, and from Carphone Warehouse before that. euNetworks is in the midst of an expansion of its lit building footprint, as it moves to take advantage of its large stash of metro fiber across 13 markets in 5 countries.
XO Holdings (news, filings) followed up last week’s expansion in Southern California with a move in another big metro market. This time it was Atlanta, where the fiber-based CLEC has increased its reach into the across the northern and southern suburbs of Atlanta including Duluth, Tucker and East Point. They also brought the QTS facility in Suwanee and Sago Networks in Norcross on-net. They’ve been making lots of metro fiber noise lately, I wonder when XO will tell us something about their lit building footprint beyond the ‘more than 3000 buildings’ they have been stuck at for so long.
And finally, Midwestern metro and regional fiber operator US Signal snuck one past me two weeks ago, with an intercity expansion westward through central Illinois to St. Louis. In addition to two in St.Louis, new PoPs were added in Peoria, Springfield, Bloomington, Mattoon, Centralia, and Terre Haute. I’m guessing they leased some dark fiber for that build, and I wonder if they will now develop metro loops in a few more of those new markets.
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