Here's a quick look at several recent interesting items from the metro fiber space:
Alpheus followed up its fiber purchase from FiberLight earlier this month with another expansion agreement, this time with 360Networks. Alpheus will provide 360Networks with last mile connectivity in Texas, while 360Networks will provide Alpheus with longhaul connectivity to the west coast. It's a natural partnership, as the two companies don't really compete directly much at all and both benefit from the expanded reach. Alpheus was rumored to be on the block last year, but lately they've been sounding a different, more expansionist tune.
Unite Private Networks will be building a 66 mile fiber network throughout Warner Robins and Perry, Georgia for the Houston County Schools. The central Georgia location is a typical UPN target market - small and too far from Atlanta to lure other providers, but growing quickly and with a school district looking for fiber. This is the first such announcement I've seen them make since they got that infusion from Ridgemont in the fall.
Sweden's IP Only has built out its metro network into Interxion's Nordic Financial Hub in Stockholm. IP Only's target is the low latency market, which has been showing signs of life on the London/Stockholm and Frankfurt/Stockholm routes. I've never known much about IP Only's footprint, but I found a map of their fiber buried in a PDF that I've added to my European Network Maps page. Actually, they look like a good fit for euNetworks - maybe that's who they're working with...
And last week, Sidera Networks completed a buildout into Chicago's Northalsted community. They will be providing connectivity for the Wifi hotspot project of the Northalsted Business Alliance. Sidera, of course, has a deep presence in Chicago that derives from its previous incarnation as RCN Metro -- Chicago is one of RCN's primary markets.
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