Metro Bytes: WANRack, Horizon, Fujitsu, Clearfield, Lumen

August 25th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Five very interesting regional and metro deals so far this week:

WANRack has won itself another school district fiber deal. Olathe Public Schools, the second largest school district in Kansas, has picked WANRack to build a fiber network connecting 75+ locations. The buildout will span 52.4 route miles of fiber and will serve some 35k students and staff. WANRack has leveraged such deals to expand its reach into 23 states now.

Horizon has lined up a new investor. The Ohio-based regional network operator and its shareholders have announced an agreement to sell an ownership stake to the global alternative asset management company GCM Grossvenor. GCM Grossvenor will join Novacap TMT, and the funds will help Horizon’s expanding interest in FTTH in markets within its footprint. The company has completed such a project in Circleville, and has six more already planned.

Fujitsu Network Communications has picked up some network integrator business down on Florida’s eastern coast. They will be planning, designing, and deploying a broadband network expansion for Fort Pierce Utilities Authority. FPUA provdes utility services to Fort Pierce, Florida, and the broadband project will be part of a neighborhood revitalization project in the Lincoln Park section of the city. Initial services will be turned up early next year, with future wireless and WiFi deployments envisioned down the line.

Clearfield has won some business in northeastern Pennsylvania. Blue Ridge Communications will be using their technology and services to deliver fiber to MDUs across their footprint. Blue Ridge has seen installs spiking by 180% in some recent months, and is looking to streamline the process. Blue Ridge serves data, cable, and phone to some 300K subscribers in the Poconos region.

And Lumen is helping Wyoming Hyperscale White Box to launch a new data center out in Aspen, Wyoming. Lumen will be providing adaptive networking and security to Wyoming Hyperscale, which aims to build sustainably operated data centers around the world. They plan to use liquid cooling efficiency and closed loop external cooling to re-invent data center design, using no water. They hope to complete phase 1 of the 120MW hyperscale development site by April of 2022.

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