With one announcement yesterday and two before the long weekend, tw telecom offered some more details on the rollout of its fiber expansion, market by market. They announced the major new fiber investment back in November and have been wasting no time getting started.
For a long time I thought tw telecom would eventually use M&A to expand its footprint. But they resisted the temptation and simply pursued depth along their existing assets – passing the 20,000 on-net buildings mark last year. And now, when they’ve finally taken the plunge and branched out to new markets in the pursuit of more aggressive growth, they’ve chosen to do it organically. I do wonder under what conditions they’d choose to buy rather than build, but while it takes longer the organic path certainly seems to work for them.
In the Midwest, tw telecom is expanding its depth in downtown Louisville, Kentucky while also crossing the Ohio river into southern Indiana. There, the towns of Jeffersonville, Clarksville, and New Albany will be brough on-net. Meanwhile, in the Pacific Northwest, their established Portland footprint is getting additional rings to the west and south. Beaverton, Hillsboro, and Tigard.
And in the category of new markets, they’re deploying out Utah’s Salt Lake Valley. Two regional data centers that will be among the first hookups wil be those of C7 and ViaWest. I hadn’t realized Salt Lake City wasn’t on tw telecom’s list until this expansion was nnounced. The other brand new markets are much further east where they have always had thinner coverage: Boston, Philadelphia, Richmond, and Cleveland.
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