Thursday Roundup: FirstLight, IX Reach, SES, ORange, Aligned Energy

February 27th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

A few items from midweek worth catching up on while you try not to read about pandemics and such:

FirstLight is helping RTO Wireless expand its rural reach via an expanded relationship. RTO Wireless will leverage FirstLight’s wholesale services across the northeast to expand connectivity in New York, Vermont, and Maine. FirstLight will build fiber laterals to the towers RTO uses for LTE-Advanced gear using CBRS and TVWS technologies. RTO is a member of Microsoft’s Airband Initiative.

IX Reach has a new partner over in the Middle East. They have joined Etisalat’s Smarthub ecosystem, gaining access to the carrier’s footprint of 240 PoPs across 30 countries. Smarthub is a data center and cable landing station located in Fujairah on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates — the side Dubai is not on. IX Reach’s presence there will enable the company to connect up customers in the region to cloud services worldwide.

SES has its first telco convert to its O3b mPOWER satellite communications offering. Once complete in 2022, O3b mPOWER will be a non-geostationary orbit broadband system orbiting at some 8,000km above the Earth, with multiple terabits of capacity. Orange will be using that in Africa, starting in the Central African Republic. The two already work together with other satellite connectivity of course.

And Aligned Energy says it has matched 100% of its IT loads with renewable energy sources. The data center builder and operator specializes in the ability to scale the energy footprint within its facilities to suit the needs of hyperscale customers. Those customers are increasingly requiring the source of that energy to be renewable, and data center providers like Aligned are doing their best to meet that demand in creative ways.

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