Several interesting bits from the world of metro fiber lately:
Zayo picked up a win in the E-Rate education vertical, an area we haven’t seen them concentrate on that much in the past. They have completed a network upgrade for the Marietta City Schools, serving 1,200 employees and 8,000 students at eleven schools with a full 1Gbps or more. Zayo’s Georgia footprint is extensive nowadays, having been assembled from the former AFS and AGL footprints during last year’s M&A season.
Unite Private Networks also had an E-Rate win, this time outside their main Midwestern turf. They will be building fiber throughout Caroline County, Virginia in support of the Caroline County School District. But larger than that, they also came out on top for the local end of an Iowa BTOP award. They will be helping to hook up some 65 communities across the state as part of a long term relationship with the Iowa Communications Network.
Internationally, Tata Communications (news, filings) expanded its Ethernet footprint into Pakistan via a partnership with Multinet. I have never run into Multinet before, but apparently they operate a national fiber backbone with 1800km of metro loops in cities across the country. I didn’t find any metro maps yet, but I have added their Pakistan backbone map to my Asia/Australia/Pacific maps section. I’m sure there are many providers still missing from that page!
And also in the far east, Verizon says it has completed a buildout within the city-state of Singapore. The two year project with local provider M1 Limited doubles the telecommunications giant’s capacity in this major data hub, while greatly expanding its coverage to 100 route miles of metro fiber. It also adds access to additional six data centers and better connectivity to the various submarine cable landing stations.
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