TGIF, with some nice weather ahead for the weekend I hope. Here's a quick rundown of some other news from this week that needs mentioning:
We had a little bit more fiber M&A activity yesterday in the upper Midwest between two companies that are new to me. Arvig Enterprises is acquiring North Star Fiber. Both companies operate network in the Minnesota metro areas such as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Rochester, and St. Cloud. Arvig concentrates on metro loops and North Star on hooking up MDUs and the subscribers within. The two are therefore pretty complementary, straddling the line between the business and consumer markets.
Over in the UK, CityFibre has two new service provider partners in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. CityFibre is busy building a metro footprint in the city, while Commsworld and Converged Communications solutions have signed up to bring the resulting connectivity to businesses in the city. CityFibre says it is nearly done in the city center, and will be extending its fiber into the Harbour, Altens, Tullos, Dyce, and the Bridge of Don sections of town.
The Brazilian-based vendor Padtec has itself a demonstration platform in Florida to help crack the global marktplace. They've partnered with Allied Fiber to demonstrate their DWDM technology on Allied Fiber's brand new 365 mile route between Miami and Jacksonville. Padtec boasts up to 13Tbps over coherent 100G transponders, with application both in long distance and the metro.
And ViaWest has opened a new data center for its parent, Shaw Communications. The facility lies to the north in Calgary, ViaWest's first foray into Canada since last year's acquisition. It features 40,000 square feet of space, and will be used by Shaw to serve its business customers with everything from raw colo to cloud-based managed services.