Here's a quick roundup of some interesting news from the metro this week.
Sabey's big project in Northern Virginia has its first fiber carrier. USA Fiber is building out its fiber network into Intergate.Ashburn, the giant new campus Sabey is building. USA Fiber has been building out throughout the region, including a new, unique Potomac river crossing that will connect northern Virginia with Maryland more directly.
Also in northern Virginia, Amazon has yet another new on-ramp to its AWS cloud services. CoreSite says it's campus in Reston is now an AWS Direct Connect location, the fourth such CoreSite market in addition to those served by the company's Open Cloud Exchange. The Reston campus has two facilities spanning 390K square feet of space.
Out in the Great Plains, Unite Private Networks has revealed a new fiber customer in Iowa. The internet, TV, and technology company ICS has selected UPN's fiber network for connectivity in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, and Ames. UPN has been building out its Iowa network in recent years, complementing its deep presence in neighboring Nebraska. The extra fiber the bring to the table will enable ICS's fiber-to-the-MDU plans.
And over in the British Isles, the mobile operator Three UK and the metro network builder CityFibre are touting a 380% increase in mobile internet use in the city of Hull over the last 18 months. That jump follows a dark fiber backhaul buildout by CityFibre to mobile masts in the metro area, which the two tout as a first in the country. The fiber backhaul solution replaced legacy copper, which had been the bottleneck in Hull's mobile infrastructure.
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