A new fiber route is in the works from a player I have run into for the first time this week. MOX Networks has announced the impending completion of a new route between Columbus, Ohio and Ashburn, Virginia.
They have apparently been putting the new infrastructure in place over the past 18 months, and expect to have it in service in Q2 of 2020. Unlike most other paths, MOX heads south from Columbus through Huntington, West Virginia and then back up through the Shenandoah Valley to reach the hub of Ashburn. It's not clear to me from materials at hand what parts of the route are new construction and what parts are assembled from existing infrastructure etc, so if anyone knows please comment below.
MOX is led by President and COO Justin Melnikoff, and is part of the NantWorks group. They also operate assets connecting New York and Atlanta, the Los Angeles metro area, the Pacific Northwest, and in Japan between Tokyo and the Ajigaura cable landing station. That's an interesting collection of dark fiber assets whose story I am as yet unfamiliar with.
Nantworks, founded by Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, also happens to own PacketFabric, which operates at higher levels of network infrastructure. For its part, MOX has been around since 2013, but may be gearing up for a more visible role in infrastructure development. I'll be curious to see just what they have in mind.
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