Tuesday Catchup: UPN, Great Plains, Vapor IO, DataBank

June 30th, 2020 by · 1 Comment

Time to catch up on a few items from last week that I wrote about but left in drafts and forgot about (oops, sorry folks). One metro fiber expansion, one M&A, one new data center, and an expanded partnership:

Unite Private Networks is building out some more footprint in the state of Texas. UPN's focus in this case is the north-central market of Lubbock, where they have announced plans to add 25 route miles of fiber to the 75 they already have in place. The additional dark fiber will create four newly diverse routes connecting up business parks and the medical district.

Great Plains Communications has made an inorganic move to the east of its home turf. The Nebraska-based provider has announced a deal to acquire Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation, a service provider in southeastern Indiana. The deal givew GPC a 14K customer base in a new geographical market, something they seem prepared to do more of in the future with the backing of Grain Management.  The purchase of ETC is expected to close next quarter.

DataBank has officially opened its second data center in the Pittsburgh metro area. PIT2 is located in North Fayette Township, and offers 40K square feet of raised floor space and 4.55MW of 2N cooling and power. It's on 17 acres of land, giving them room for additional expansion going forward. DAtaBank operates 20 facilities in nine markets nationwide.

And Vapor IO and Digital Realty have moved to tighten their relationship. The two have integrated their platforms in three markets: Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas, and plan to expand the arrangement to additional cities going forward. The integration pairs Vapor IO's edge colo capabilities with Digital Realty's big core facilities and ecosystem, thus blending both models while letting each company focus on what it does best.

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Categories: Datacenter · Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber

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  • mhammett says:

    ETC is in an area served by Great Plains, via their Intercarrier acquisition. Intercarrier did middle mile, while ETC does last mile.

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