Some colo and network news from the metro, including an M&A:
FirstLight has picked up another customer expansion in the education vertical. The prestigious Governor's Academy in Byfield, Massachusetts will be hooked up to the company's fiber network. The private boarding school needed a bandwidth upgrade to better support its 400 students, two thirds of which live on campus, and they already had an existing relationship with FirstLight to draw on.
Hargray Communications has made its second acquisition in a year in the deep South. The South Carolina-based communications provider has announced an agreement to buy the Alabama assets of USA Communications, specifically a cable footprint in Pell City and the surrounding area. Along with last year's purchase of Georgia's ComSouth, I wonder if they have additional appetite for M&A this year.
Colo Atl has added another regional network provider as a tenant. Hayneville Fiber Transport has moved into the company's downtown Atlanta facility, where it will leverage the popular meet-me area. HFT operates a fiber footprint in southern Alabama around Montgomery and Mobile, and plans to expand its presence further in Colo Atl's facility.
And up in Canada, eStruxture is expanding its presence out west both in terms of infrastructure and manpower. They are adding 1MW of power, doubling the available power, and enhancing the security features of the company's downtown Vancouver VAN-1 facility. In addition, they are bringing in Andrew Fowler to lead sales in Western Canada, suggesting further expansion plans in the region.