Regional Bytes: Uniti, Dobson, Ziply, Telia, Switch, NJFX, Eastlink

October 26th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Five regional expansion projects in five markets across the US worth noting from the start of this week alone:

Uniti has picked up a significant dark fiber contract with a new hyperscale customer. They announced yesterday a 20-year deal to supply high-strand-count fiber between key data centers in Pittsburgh PA and Ashburn VA. Uniti operates 123,000 route miles of fiber, including additional assets acquired from Windstream as part of last year's deal that they are now able to leverage for such projects. They are customizing the route for optimal line system performance to meet the needs of the unnamed hyperscale customer.

Dobson Fiber has unveiled new expansion plans in Oklahoma and Arkansas, adding depth within regions it already serves. They have announced an agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric to upgrade the utility's network backbone. The two will work together to build 350 route miles of new fiber. Dobson has already been building out FTTH in six markets, and the new projects will take its footprint past 4900 route miles in the region.

Ziply Fiber is adding yet again to the list of fiber builds it has planned. The northwestern fiber operator says it will expand to Pinehurst, Idaho as well as Burlington, Gold Bar, Sultan, and Woodland in Washington. That makes 41 new fiber markets for Ziply this year, following its acquisition of Frontier's assets in the region. The buildouts will bring FTTH to many new customers but will also improve service for existing DSL customers along the way.

Telia Carrier has built out a new PoP in the southwestern US. The global network operator has added a PoP at Switch's Core Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. Telia has been steadily adding depth to its infrastructure across the US, and this is its first move into Las Vegas. Switch's campus runs on 100% green/renewable power via solar and hydro sources.

And NJFX has a new network tenant down on the Jersey Shore. Canadian-based Eastlink has extended its network into NJFX's cable landing station colocation facility in Wall, NJ. Eastlink is adding diversity to its infrastructure, enabling a bypass of the NYC metro area on the way to destinations in the Caribbean and South America. Eastlink originated in Nova Scotia but today maintains a presence across much of Canada as well as in the northeastern US.

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Categories: Datacenter · Fiber Networks · FTTH · Internet Backbones · Metro fiber

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