Here is a quick rundown on some news from three midwestern fiber operators, one item on managed services consolidation, and a data center acquisition:
WOW!'s Wholesale division has teamed up with iFiber Networks in Illinois. The two will be bringing 1Gbps service to FTTH customers in Gilberts, a town of 10,000 about 45 miles west of Chicago. WOW! will be building a 5 mile segment to connect a hub in Gilbert, where it will connect to iFiber's 1G buildout project, currently under construction. iFiber expects to purchase a 10Gbps link to start off with.
US Signal continued the expansion of its cloud services business. They've added Disaster Recovery as a Service, leveraging their relationship with Cisco to bring in new capabilities. US Signal has combined an expansion of its network reach with a suite of cloud-powered services aimed at the business market.
And further out on the prairie, Great Plains Communications has finished off an expansion project that will bring their fiber along highway 81 into South Dakota and into Minnesota. They dug under the Missouri River into Yankton, South Dakota from the Nebraska side, a 2,200 foot bore reaching 60 feet below.
Meanwhile, GTT has followed through quickly on its deal for MegaPath's managed services division. They closed the deal yesterday, paying $144.8M in cash and $7.5M in stock to acquire the managed network services business. MegaPath will be continuing on with its cloud services, although I have to think of that as a potential acquisition target as well. Meanwhile, GTT will have some integration work ahead of it.
And CyrusOne is expanding its Texas footprint once again. They have announced the purchase of an additional powered shell in the Met Center of Austin, not far from the airport. When fully built out, this will be their Austin III data center, with 120,000 square feet of colo space and 12MW of power, plus 25,000 square feet of office space. Phase 1 will start off with half of that colo square footage and power.