For your perusal this fine Thursday: two metro fiber market expansions, an Ethernet interconnection, and a fixed wireless launch.
CityFibre has added yet another metro area to its UK Gigabit City campaign. They have been selected by the borough council of Southend-on-Sea to build out a 50km dark fiber network hooking up 120 key sites. It's a £3.24M, 10 year deal that will give the town some options beyond BT's Openreach . Southend-on-Sea lies to the east of Basildon along the widening mouth of the River Thames as it spills into the English Channel and North Sea. It will be CityFibre's initial foothold, from which it will be able to expand to meet future demands.
Unite Private Networks has a new market to hook up out in the Rocky Mountains. They have announced a network expansion in and around Grand Junction, Colorado, reaching into the towns of Loma, Fruita, Appleton, Fruitvale, Clifton, and Palisade. Their initial customers include several local businesses, a major wireless carrier, and the Mesa County Valley School District 51. Located out near the Utah border, Grand Junction is a market that has rarely gotten much infrastructure attention, and can definitely use the alternative fiber options.
Megaport's US invasion gained another foothold this morning. Wolfe has signed on and will be connecting its Ethernet network to Megaport's SDN-powered interconnection platform at multiple locations across the country. They'll be using those connections to better connect their enterprise customers to the various cloud service providers.
And back in New York City, Transbeam is taking to the airwaves. The managed service provider has invested in a new fixed wireless network, unveiling its new service capabilities out at Channel Partners this week in Las Vegas. Along with their recent expansion into central and southern New Jersey, greater reach is definitely at top of mind fo the company this year. Transbeam's fixed wireless offerings stretch from 20Mbps to 10Gbps.