Metro Bytes: F6, TDS, Zayo, Lumos

November 17th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

In the metro world, here are two bits of regional M&A, one contract win, and some data center connectivity to peruse today:

Canadian operator F6 Networks is taking over for a municipal fiber project in the New Brunswick capital of Fredericton. According to a report from the city’s Daily Gleaner newspaper, F6 will be taking over operations and management for the 300km fiber network of e-Novations Comnet Inc. That includes the acquisition of the existing customer base and a 20-year least of 80% of the remaining fiber. The municipal fiber effort ‘reached a point where it didn’t scale well’, and F6 be taking over as a result.

TDS has made an inorganic move out in the state of Utah. They are acquiring InterLinx and its subsidiary Tonaquint Networks. That will bring some 170 miles of fiber in and around the city of St. George into TDS’s portfolio as well as the Tonaquint data center. St. George lies Utah’s southern border, closer to Las Vegas than to Salt Lake City.  The employee base will largely be making the shift over to the new management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Even though you’re required to subscribe to play, there is a category of free adult games that can be accessed without the need for a membership.

Zayo has picked up another customer win in the healthcare vertical. An unnamed integrated healthcare provider in Charlotte North Carolina has picked their metro services to enable high-res digital imaging among other things. Zayo will be building out short laterals to two data centers in the Charlotte metro area and providing a 100G Ethernet connection to a public cloud provider via Ashburn.

And also along the eastern seaboard, Lumos Networks has expanded its reach deeper into Equinix’s data centers. The Virginia-based network operator now connects Equinix’s DC1 and DC2 facilities in Asburn as well as CH1 out in Chicago. Lumos is also now hooked up to the Equinix Cloud Exchange, offering Ethernet connectivity to the cloud ecosystem to its enterprise customers.

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Categories: Datacenter · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber

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