Monday Roundup: CenturyLink, Orange, FirstLight, Globenet

March 16th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Ok, last week was a busy one for me and I missed a few items that it's time to catch up on.  Here's some quick takes, two undersea, one channel, and one metro fiber:

CenturyLink is building out some new metro fiber in Tennessee. They are investing in a new 59-mile fiber ring to hook up Collierville, which lies southeast of Memphis. The new fiber will reach across the border to Olive Branch, Mississippi and will touch the new I-69 corridor. CenturyLink plans to hook up some 600 on-net buildings across Tennessee this year, adding to a current inventory of 3,000. 

The Dunante transatlantic cable system now has its French connection. Orange recently announced the landing of its project with Google at its recently upgraded location at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez. From there Orange is putting in terrestrial connectivity to Paris where it will hook into the rest of Europe's infrastructure. Once the cable is ready for service, Orange will have 2 pairs of fiber of its own, giving them some 30Tbps of capacity over to Virginia Beach.

FirstLight has picked up a new partner for its channel program. Florida-bsed TCG Telecom Consulting Group has signed on as a master agent, bringing its extensive network to bear selling FirstLight's services. FirstLight has continued to add depth in the northeastern US, most recently announcing an agreement to acquire PrimeLink.

And the 2500km Malbec cable system is nearing completion down in the southern hemisphere. GlobeNet and Facebook have been collaborating to put the cable to directly connect Sao Paolo and Buenos Aires. The new cable comes ashore in GlobeNet cable landing stations in Las Toninas and Praia Grande, where it hooks up with diverse terrestrial connectivity.

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Categories: Channel · Metro fiber · Undersea cables

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