Several items that initially slipped through my nets this week that should be noted:
Windstream is broadening its move on the fixed wireless space. This week the Arkansas-based service provider expanded its fixed wireless reach to more than 50 markets, now reaching some 350K enterprises. The company is using the technology to complement its fiber reach, promising service delivery within 45 days with full support for the usual portfolio of other services like IP, voice, SD-WAN, etc.
Metro Optical is moving in with Southern Telecom in Alabama. They are leveraging colo space in STI's carrier neutral data center as part of an expansion in Birmingham in support of its enterprise customers, and will be building out a full PoP. STI is a division of Southern Company, the large regional energy utility, and also runs some 2,600 route miles of fiber in the southeastern US.
FirstLight picked up an interesting contract in its home turf of Albany, New York last week. The Bull Moose Club will be using FirstLight's fiber connectivity to enable its 160 members. The Bull Moose Club is a coworking community located across the street from the state capital aimed at political professionals.
NTT Communications is planning to more than double its data center capacity in the Osaka, Japan metro area next year. They will be building two new data centers, Osaka 6 and Osaka 7, the first phases of which will add 460 square meters and 3,800 square meters of server space with expansion to 1,370 and 9,500 square meters, respectively. Osaka 6 will be downtown, while Osaka 7 will be in nearby Ibaraki. They see demand for the additional space from hyperscale providers.