Houston's Phonoscope has picked gear from Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) to power the next generation of its metro network. Ciena's gear will let them offer 40G and 100G services across their footprint. One of the first customers to benefit will apparently be a national wireless company that needs 10G backhaul links from LTE cell sites in the city. I'm guessing that would be Verizon, since Texas is AT&T's home turf and I don't think Sprint is as far along.
It's not often anymore that I run into a pile of US metro fiber this big that I haven't heard of, but it goes to show how much I have yet to learn. Phonoscope operates some 9,000 route miles in its single metro area, with service to some 900 enterprise locations. What the full on-net count is I'm not sure, but Phonoscope's footprint also supports its cable franchise there as well which helps account for its extent. I have now added their map to my metro fiber map links collection.
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