Here's a quick roundup of news that spans multiple segments:
Over in the Netherlands, Ericsson and KPN have launched a C-RAN small cell at an Amsterdam bus stop. The buildout uses Ericsson's Radio 2203 integrated into the macro network via a centralized baseboard deployment. C-RAN is looking like it will be one of the big buzz-acronyms of 2016, it's cropping up in projects in cities all over the world as people try to figure out what 5G will really be.
Lumos Networks continued to advance its business in the state of Virginia this week. They have gained authorized vendor status from the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which means they can now serve bandwidth to the state's government agencies and help its e-rate efforts. Lumos's fiber in the state has now surpassed 3,300 route miles connecting some 1750 on-net locations.
Calix has been busy out in the Midwest with the energy utilities. Illinois Electric Cooperative, Barry Electric Cooperative, and Callaway Electric Cooperative have each deployed the vendor's gear and software to bring gigabit fiber access to underserved communities in Illinois and Missouri.
And CyrusOne has picked up a colo deal with Alaska Communications, an operator I rarely touch on here. Alaska Communications is taking up space in CyrusOne's Houston data center campus and connecting to its National IX. The Alaska and Texas infrastructure markets each have a big emphasis on the energy vertical, giving the two a common language.
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