A few interesting items on the metro and regional fiber front to close out the week, and who knows, maybe the winter too? We can hope.
Dobson Fiber has made an inorganic move, announcing the acquisition of Pinnacle Communications. Pinnacle operates a fiber network in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma, a footprint that partially overlaps Dobson’s own footprint. Following the deal, Dobson’s network now covers 4,500 route miles in three states and can reach some 35K business locations.
Not so far south from there, LOGIX Fiber Networks is taking its footprint to the wholesale market. The Texas fiber operator has launched the Texas Metro Fiber Network, offering wholesale carrier customers access to its deep metro footprint in the DASH region and south Texas. LOGIX operates 6,800 route miles of fiber with 25K buildings on or near-net, but has historically focused its efforts on the business and enterprise marketplace.
Comcast Business has extended its network along the shore of Lake Michigan over to Hammond, Indiana. They have built fiber into Digital Crossroad, the new Chicagoland data center that was launched just last year. Comcast Business’ is now offering connectivity from the facility’s Meet-Me-Room, from which it will serve customers in northwestern Indiana and beyond.
And in the other regional M&A move of the week, Fatbeam and Ednetics have completed a deal to purchase Tek-Hut. Tek-Hut serves customers in Idaho’s education and government verticals, which is very complementary to the combined efforts and footprints of Fatbeam and Ednetics. The three companies’ combined network footprint and expertise will be turned toward the larger western US marketplace.
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