Lots of bigger news lately, which tends to drown out the interesting smaller stuff:
Up in Alaska and way off the beaten track, the Kodiak Kenai Cable Company has deployed Infinera PICs to upgrade is systems. The 1000km cable system connects Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula with Anchorage, and supplies bandwidth to 10% of the states population. It contains both terrestrial routes and a legacy undersea system with a 377km repeaterless span, and obviously needs to be managed efficiently by a small team that covers great distances in all sorts of weather.
Unite Private Networks won a 12 year contract renewal with the Lincoln Public Schools in Nebraska, operating a fiber network covering 90 route miles, both aerial and underground, and hooking up some 61 facilities. Lincoln Public Schools lost a data center two and a half months ago to a catastrophic fire, and UPN is helping put together the recovery plan.
In Manhattan, AboveNet has built fiber into the new Telehouse facility in Chelsea at 85 10th Ave. They are the first carrier tenant to reside in the facility, though I'm sure others will follow. Telehouse America opened the 60,000 square foot facility in Chelsea in January of this year. Lots of rumors about AboveNet this summer, but nothing materialized and things seem to have died down.
And finally, First Communications is making its move on the Ethernet phenomenon. They are now offering Ethernet-powered dedicated internet access to enterprises needing 5Mbps and up. The product covers a variety of access technologies, both fiber and copper. First Communications operates both metro and longhaul fiber in markets between Chicago and New York. The company is one of the lesser known assets out there, though they've been making more noise lately.
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