Thursday Roundup: Skywire, Ciena, Zayo, RETN, Vantage

November 4th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Here are a few quick news items from midweek worth keeping up with:

New York City is looking to accelerate its broadband density, and Skywire and its affiliate Xchange Telecom said yesterday that they have been selected to help. The Big Apple is simultaneously one of the best connected and worst connected large city in the country, depending on your neighborhood. Skywire mixes fiber with fixed wireless to light up hard to reach neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn that have yet to win the FTTH lottery.

Ciena is working with Vodafone Infrastructure Partners down in New Zealand. Ciena’s Wavelogic gear and CDC and flexible grid optical multiplexer technology is enabling their new Data Centre Connect product, which offers enterprises in New Zealand 100G, 200G, and 400G wavelength services between data centers.

Zayo offered up a bit more color on its expansion projects in Texas. They are building 170 miles of new fiber between Amarillo and Oklaunion, adding diversity and improving performance between Dallas and Denver. The project is expected to be complete in September 2022 and will also add metro depth enabling the fiber operator to hook up hundreds of buildings in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area.

RETN says it is providing network connectivity and DDoS protection to Ciklum. London-based Ciklum offers software-based digital solutions to global enterprises with branch offices spread across three continents, and was looking for a Tier 1 provider to enable secure low latency interconnection for its workforce and its customers.

And Vantage data centers is tapping the debt markets to improve its balance sheet. Yesterday the data center operator raised $530M in securitized notes, and will use the funds primarily to refinance the Variable Funding Note facility they used for the purchase of the CA22 facility in Santa Clara two months ago. The transaction was supported by the company’s main stakeholder DigitalBridge.

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Categories: Datacenter · Financials · Metro fiber · Telecom Equipment

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