Thursday Roundup: Aligned, FiberLight, Juniper, Ciena

September 17th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

Some refinancing moves, a network expansion, and a couple of interesting vendor deals:

Aligned has closed on a massive sustainability-linked refinancing deal as it prepares to fund a new wave of growth. They have completed a $1B senior secured credit facility, made up of a $650M term loan, a $100M delayed-draw term loan, and a $250M revolving credit facility. TD Securities, Goldman Sachs, and ING Capital each helped put the deal together.

FiberLight has extended its network to a new Texas data center. They have added a presence at H5 Data Centers' facility at 100 Taylor in San Antonio. And yesterday the company announced who they did that recent $325M recapitalization with. It was Guggenheim Partners that facilitated the deal via clients of its Guggenheim Investments advisory division.

Juniper Networks has won an interesting contract over in South Korea. Airport Railroad Express, which operates commuter rail connecting the country's international airports to Seoul, will be using a suite of Juniper solutions to upgrade its communications infrastructure. The deployment leverages Junipers routers, switches, and software to build out a modern IP/MPLS network supporting AREX's delivery of reliable train services.

And Ciena's Blue Planet division has picked up a key contract over in Germany. Telefonica Deutschland is deploying the SDN and NFV technology to transform its network operations, lowering OPEX and preparing for 5G and other nextgen services. Telefonica will be using Blue Planet's MDSO for service delivery across a multi-vendor transport network, and for Open Rest APIs to integrate with its OSS systems.

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Categories: Datacenter · Financials · Metro fiber · Software · Telecom Equipment

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