Border crossing operator Transtelco (news) has further expanded its fiber network in central and southern Texas. They have spent the last six months deploying the route from Dallas south to Austin, San Antonio, then through Laredo and down to McAllen.
They've purchased existing fiber for this route, at least some of which I believe is the same fiber they purchased from PAETEC back in August. But the next stage is a brand new 350km longhaul route on the other side of the border that will cross the border to hook up Reynosa, Monterrey, and Saltillo and on to their market in Chihuahua.
These longhaul routes will complement the metro fiber networks they've built (or are building) in these border towns. Also still on tap is the completion of their Dallas-El Paso route. When complete they will have a quite unique regional presence straddling a border that few operators on either side cross in a meaningful way.
But first things first. You can't effectively serve Texas without getting in and out of Dallas in a big way, and completing that leg of the expansion is a key milestone.
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