Here's a quick look at some of the news from early this week:
The startup Connected2Fiber has landed a pile of new funding. The B2B connectivity SaaS platform provider has closed a round of Series A funding for $8M. Ascent Venture Partners, Nauta Capital, NXT Ventures, and Osage Venture Partners have invested in the company. Connected2Fiber will use the new resources to support the company's growth, both in product development and sales staff.
Over in Asia, Hong Kong-based Chayora has broken ground on two gigantic data center projects. They are building a 300MW, 80-acre campus in the Beijing/Tianjin region, which envisions six 3000-rack data centers and three 1000-rack high performance computing facilities at full buildout. The first phase of construction is underway with the initial data center, expected to be live by the end of this year. And in Shanghai the plans call for a 280MW data center complex that will serve eastern China, to begin construction in Q2.
FirstLight Fiber says it has substantially completed the integration of Finger Lakes Technologies Group, which they acquired back in September. FLTG has now be rebranded under the FirstLight banner, joining Oxford, Sovernet, ION, BayRing, and 186 Communications. FirstLight's infrastructure now spans 14,000 route miles connecting 8,000 locations across the upper Northeast.
And 123Net has invested some resources into its fixed wireless capabilities in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They have connected their wireless PoP sites in the city with fiber and are working on doing the same for the full 56-site footprint across the state. The move hooks up the company's wireless last mile with its metro and regional fiber reach, boosting capacity, lowering latency, and enhancing reliability.