Three interesting bits of regional infrastructure news that are worth noting:
UPN is building out metro depth in Allen, Texas. They had previously extended their network to the area, offering triple-lath redundancy to Dallas 25 miles to the south. The new expansion will provide a dark fiber ring connecting eight buildings together for the City of Allen, with high speed internet access as part of the deal as well. Allen is just far enough outside Dallas to escape much of the attention of the broader metro fiber community.
QTS has established the Mid-Atlantic NAP of Virginia at its giant facility in Richmond. Additionally, Telxius has moved into the facility, and so via the new NAP one will be able to get low latency connectivity to both Europe and South America through the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems. QTS has 500K square feet of raised floor capcity built out at its Richmond data center, with space for more than double that.
Light Source Communications and John Laing Group are teaming up for a new regional route down in North Carolina and Tennessee. The plan is to build out 438 route miles of fiber between Charlotte, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee, and will include multiple underground conduits as well as seven neutral colo sites along the way. The two companies envision a 24 month project, going live in 2021.