Some post-superbowl bandwidth, two completed M&A’s, some wireless, and some satellite:
UPN will be helping Kansas City celebrate its SuperBowl victory. They have announced plans to provide more capacity in the city for free along the Chief’s championship parade route. Kansas City expects 800K people to attend, which will certainly stretch the wireless infrastructure in the region.
Everstream has completed its acquisition of the LightBound network assets. DataBank completed its purchase of LightBound in October, and while it kept the data center assets it was after it quickly turned around and found a buyer for the fiber and network assets. Everstream will use the assets to get deeper into the Indianapolis marketplace, one of the targets of the company’s Midwestern expansion plans this year.
Lingo has also completed an acquisition, polishing off the purchase of a customer base from Blue Casa Telephone LLC. The UC provider signed an Agent Sales Agreement last quarter with Blue Casa, and plans to upsell those new customers with its broader UC/cloud service portfolio and gain further scale. Lingo was carved out of Birch when Fusion bought the latter back in 2018.
Cambium Networks has officially launched commercial CBRS services. The FCC formally opened the CBRS frequencies in the 3.65Ghz band, and Cambium has been preparing its fixed wireless solutions to move in and help service providers take advantage. Exactly what form usage of this frequency band takes should be interesting to watch.
And SES has won a convert to its new O3b mPower satellite network. Princess Cruises will be using the MEO/GEO multi-constellation system to provide internet access to its MedallionClass cruise ships. Bandwidth on cruises has long been surprisingly weak in the eyes of passengers worldwide, so the upgrade will certainly been notices.
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