Texas metro and regional operator Alpheus says it is expanding its fiber footprint within two of its key markets. They hope to bring as many as than 3,000 buildings in key parts of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston onto their network.
Alpheus has been focusing more and more on its fiber reach in recent years, but their underlying network was originally designed to hook up central offices, of which they have some 300 on-net. They will now be spending $12M to extend fiber out from those on-net central offices, taking advantage of the existing ducts and other pathways forged by incumbent providers and others and thus keeping costs down.
That will let them serve gigabit pipes to some of the Ethernet-over-Copper customers that can currently only get 50Mbps or so.
Alpheus was acquired by the Gores Group two and a half years ago, after which the company has been more aggressive in pursuing growth. Different private equity groups view the life span of such investments differently, but since Gores isn't yet using Alpheus as a consolidation platform they will likely be looking to sell it to a strategic buyer at some point. Texas metro fiber is pretty hot these days, after all.