A few interesting items to catch up with from late last week before we finish off April later this week - one software M&A and two network expansions to less traveled destinations:
Infovista has completed its purchase of Massachussetts-based Empirix from Thoma Bravo. The combination brings together Empirix's monitoring, testing, and analytics platform with Infovista's network lifecycle automation capabilities. Thomas Bravo will stay on as a minority investor in Infovista alongside Apax Partners.
Ritter Communications has invested resources into some new fiber out in northwestern Arkansas. The project cost $28M and will bring Ritter's 10Gbps XGS-PON fiber reach to businesses in Springdale, Lowell, and Fayetteville this month, in Rogers by July and in Bentonville later this year. Ritter is also committing $50K to the 40-mile Razorback Regional Greenway, investing in the quality of life in the region.
And NewCore Wireless is teaming up with Nokia to bring bandwidth to remote Native American communities around the US. The program will leverage 117Mhz of the Tribal EBS and leverage Nokia's 4.9G/LTE and 5G technology. The first wave will reach some 15,000 people across 12,000 square miles, focusing on the Standing Rock Sioux, the Cheyenne and the Arapaho Tribes in the Dakotas, Oklahoma, and California.
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