Several interesting metro fiber items to look at:
CityFibre has found another new market to enter over in the British Isles, but further to the north than usual. They are working with Scotland-based Internet For Business to make Aberdeen their next ‘Gigabit City’. CityFibre has been aggressively building out metro fiber networks around the UK, and they do have some other Scottish network assets in Dundee a bit further south. But this will be the biggest project they’ve taken on to the north of York, I think. Aberdeen’s position on the shore of the North Sea and proximity to the natural gas reserves there have helped its economy thrive, but bandwidth-wise they’ve never really gotten the attention to match until now.
Fibertech has been wasting no time on its buildout in Motown. They have completed the initial phase of their Detroit metro network, with the first 100 route miles in two self-healing rings now in the ground carrying traffic. When complete in about a year, the fiber will cover 800 route miles and include connectivity into the suburbs of Trenton, Canton, Dearborn, Southfield, Warren, Troy and Chesterfield. Detroit could certainly use some better news than they’ve had this past year.
In New York City, RCN Business has built out its network into the Empire State Building. Those high skyrises are like cities unto themselves when it comes to bandwidth. Through diverse entrypoints, RCN will be offering its full suite of services, including the CE 2.0 certified variety.
And down in Texas, tw telecom has added another key data center to its network. They’ll be one of the first to hook up Data Foundry’s new Houston 2 facility, which will feature some 350,000 square feet of space. Data Foundry’s other locations in Houston and over and Austin are already on-net for tw telecom of course.
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