A series of expansions, one each in the metro, the longhaul, managed services, and FTTH, three organic and one inorganic:
Comcast Business started off this week with an interesting SMB win up in the Pacific Northwest. Green Thumb Flower Box, a Florist in Salem, Oregon, has tapped the cable MSO's business division for a combination of internet and phone services, which is where most of the orders come in. Green Thumb Flower Box will use the upgraded infrastructure to grow upon its regional reputation and reach out to a wider customer base.
Nokia's nextgen optical infrastructure is getting a workout down under. Vocus has deployed their gear in the launch of a 200G optical backbone stretching from Brisbane to Darwin, with a pathway to 300G and 400G over time. The upgrade covers some 7,100km of fiber and reaches some 70 sites, and will enable Vocus to support 100G and 10G services to a wide array of wholesale, government, and enterprise customers.
There was a bit of M&A in the UC space last week that I didn't get to. Anexinet Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Atlanta-based UCaaS provider Light Networks. The deal will both expand Anexinet's portfolio and add operating depth in the southeastern US. Anexinet recently also purchased SereneIT in Atlanta, and is backed by Mill Point Capital.
And last week Ziply announced plans to enter another 14 new markets up in the Pacific Northwest. The move expands on 22 new markets already announced back in the Spring and will put Ziply into 52 markets beyond the footprint it acquired from Frontier last year. In Washington Ziply is taking on Arlington, Monroe, Oak Harbor, Skykomish and Stanwood, and in Oregon it is Cove, Dayton, Elgin, Imbler, Joseph, Lafayette, Mill City, Myrtle Point and Silverton.
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