As vacation season draws to a close, news in the sector should start to pick up in September. Nevertheless, there's plenty going on if you look hard enough. Here's a few more items from this week:
In the Great Lakes region, 123Net has been busy ramping up its service in western Michigan for some time now. In May they acquired T2 Communications in a deal that didnt make it onto my desk at the time. This week they added to their portfolio with the launch of fixed wireless services of up to 1Gbps in the Grand Rapids area.
Consolidated Communications says it is accepting some funds from Connect America Fund Phase II. They'll be using that to help finance the extension of their broadband reach to some 24,700 rural locations across seven states. That's $566 per location, which should help some in reaching into those rural areas. Consolidated bought Enventis last year, and I suspect they'll be ready for some more consolidation soon.
In Florida, Allied Fiber says its partner Hypower did some superb splicing as it helped build that new fiber network between West Palm Beach in Atlanta. The contractor managed a db splice loss of 0.18-0.19 per kilometer over the 700 miles they worked on between West Palm Beach and Barnesville, Georgia. Allied Fiber completed its first segment buildout in June and is now pivoting toward its next project, although they're still playing the details close to their vest on that part.
And in the Far East, Epsilon has finished rolling out a new fiber infrastructure in Singapore. The expansion leverages local fiber networks to hook up five new key data centers and enterprises to the company's global network. It will help power the cloud connectivity infrastructure Epsilon will be taking to market there.
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