Unite Private Networks is taking another step beyond its E-Rate roots with a significant new buildout of intercity fiber in the Midwest. When complete, the new fiber will span nearly 200 route miles between Kansas City and Omaha along interstate 29. It will feature a high fiber count, lower latency, and of course diversity from existing carrier routes.
When complete, UPN's intercity buildout will hook up two of its largest regional markets. Kansas City is their home turf of course, and with Google Fiber in town it's a metro area that is getting a lot of attention. As for Omaha and the surrounding area, following the purchase of Zito's midwestern fiber a couple years ago their southeastern Nebraska presence is even more extensive.
UPN also has a new buildout going on down in Little Rock this year, following their expansion projects in Dallas and Colorado in prior years. In fact, this new buildout isn't all that different in scope from the intercity fiber they built from Denver down through Pueblo in that Colorado expansion. They expect to bring the Omaha-KC route online in the first quarter of 2015.
I've wondered if UPN and its private equity backers at Ridgemont might look at further M&A at some point. Some sort of merger with an asset like Bluebird Networks seems like it could fit quite well, for example,
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