A few news items worth keeping up with:
T-Mobile and Sprint finally have official FCC approval for their merger. The commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines to allow the deal, following through as expected and joining the DOJ in giving federal approval. The deal still has a major hurdle to clear though, as a group of states is still suing to halt the deal.
Over in the UK, Hyperoptic has a new majority owner. The investment firm KKR has announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the last mile residential provider. Hyperoptic’s network covers 43 towns and cities across the UK, serving gigabit connectivity to some 400K homes and businesses. They hope to quadruple that reach over the next three years.
ECI has won a convert down in western Texas. Wes-Tex Telephone Cooperative has picked ECI’s Apollo optical and Neptune packet gear to modernize its regional network. The upgrade will let Wes-Tex offer on-demand services and remote network provisioning. Wes Tex services multiple communities in Martin County, just east of Midland.
And the island of Guernsey in the English Channel will be getting some additional bandwidth. According to Capacity, Sure Group is upgrading the subsea cables that hook Guernsey up to the rest of the world. They plan to triple the current capacity to 300Gbps, leveraging 100G technology. The island is home to 63,000 people, so that should keep them going for a little while at least.
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