Worth noting from the start of this week: three bits of metro fiber news and one subsea upgrade:
Consolidated Communications is building out some new fiber in southeastern Texas. The target is the community of Willis, which lies about an hour to the north of Houstonin Montgomery County. Consolidated is in the process of adding 65 miles of new fiber to the city's downtown business district and passing through the planned communtiy of the Woodland Hills north of Conroe. The expansion will let them offer 1G speeds for both residential and business customers .
WANRack has announced its expansion into yet another state. The Kansas-based E-Rate metro fiber specialist has completed a buildout for the Elko County Schools in Elko County, Nevada. Elko county holds down the state's remote northeastern corner, and the buildout had to traverse federal properties, mining operations, large swaths of private land, interstates, county roads, waterways, and protected wildlife areas. Sounds like a permitting nightmare, but they got it done.
Up in Quebec, eStruxture has another network partner. Beanfield Metroconnect is reaching out from its home turf in Toronto to add a PoP in eStruxture's Montreal data center and join the network ecosystem there. Montreal has been a hot data center destination lately and is drawing more attention from network operators as a result.
And Hawaiki has just barely had time to get started, but Ciena is already helping them upgrade to meet demand. Hawaiki will be using Ciena's GeoMesh Extream solution to raise the total design capacity of the new cable system to 67Tbps between the US and Australia/New Zealand. That's up from the 43.8Tbps they brought online in July of this year