Four bits of metro and regional network news to catch up with at midweek:
WANRack has won the favor of Taylor County, Wisconsin. Following an October 2020 RFP, the county has picked WANRack to build out a 984 mile fiber network. The new fiber will connect municipal facilities such as courthouses, city halls, public works departments, and sheriff’s departments, and will also be available to carriers seeking to reach consumers and enterprises. The buildout will be funded in part by a $9.5M bond. Taylor County is in the rural upper central part of the state and is home to a population of about 21,000.
Comcast Business has won a deal with ID Label, a manufacturer of custom barcode labels and asset tags. ID Label has implemented an SD-WAN infrastructure based on Comcast’s ActiveCore and Ethernet Dedicated Internet solutions to replace a legacy network infrastructure. The new SDN-powered network will securely connect its sites in Illinois, Rhode Island, and Seattle.
Out in Missouri, Bluebird Network has gained the endorsement of Mosaic Life Care. The St. Joseph-based regional healthcare provider has been using Bluebird’s services to connect its facilities, including the more remote clinics in rural parts of the state for many years now. Bluebird’s network infrastructure spans some 9,800 route miles across a growing swath of the Midwest.
And Telia Carrier has added some more depth to its reach within the Netherlands. They have added an additional Dutch PoP, expanding into the Smartdc facility over in Rotterdam. It’s the network operator’s first foray beyond the Amsteram metro area, to which there will be direct connectivity. Telia Carrier also has direct connectivity from Rotterdam to Brussels across the border to the south as well, ensuring route diversity.
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