Cross-border bandwidth operator Transtelco moved today to expand its presence in Texas. The company announced today that it is completing its route between El Paso and Dallas by adding a 50% share of PAETEC's fiber route between Temple and El Paso. Transtelco will also be purchasing other routes from PAETEC (news, filings) hooking up other key locations in central Texas. Transtelco already operates a more southerly route between El Paso and San Antonio, but is beefing up its diversity on both sides of the US/Mexico border, as you can see from this snapshot of their network map:
The fiber is obviously coming from the former McLeodUSA assets that PAETEC purchased a few years ago, which included a fair amount of Texas fiber. We hadn't heard too much about those assets until lately following the Cavalier deal in which they were combined with the Intellifiber assets and people. The latest news though is the purchase of PAETEC itself by Windstream, and the effects the deal will have on the company's fiber business are at this point unclear. Will they maintain the joint wholesale/enterprise competitive fiber stance of Intellifiber, or will they manage the assets more like a CenturyLink/Qwest?
Transtelco is one of a whole group of network operators that are putting money to work in Texas lately, it has definitely been a hot region. But while each of the US-based competitive providers there pays special attention to the border, few others actually cross it on a substantial basis.
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