Tuesday Roundup: RETN, Vexus, Bluebird, Ciena

November 23rd, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Three network expansions and an upgrade, two domestic and two international:

RETN has rolled out some new DWDM connectivity in central Asia. They have deployed a new route between the Russian provincial capitals of Kazan, Tatarstan on the Volga River and Ufa, Bashkortostan at the foothills of the Ural mountains. It’s a 695km continuation of an existing route lit with Infinera gear, and is currently configured for 8Tbps with the ability to upgrade to 32Tbps.

Vexus Fiber has unveiled plans to take on Nacagdoches, Texas. The buildout will bring fiber to 15,000 residences and businesses and will cost Vexus some $20M. Construction will start in the spring of 2022 and will take 18 months to complete, with some seeing connectivity available by the end of 2022. Vexus is backed by Pamlico Capital and Oak Hill Capital, which will be investing additional equity to fund the expansion.

Bluebird has added some new connectivity in the Kansas City metro area. They have deployed a new PoP in Hunt Midwest’s Kansas City Cave facility, specifically in the SubTropolis Technology Center via a partnership with LightEdge. This is an underground facility deep within a former limestone mine, not unlike their own data center in Springfield.

And T-Mobile Polska is upgrading its network with the help of Ciena. They have launched 400GbE services and 800G capabilities to enterprise, content providers, and wholesale customers. Powering the upgrade are Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics and MCP domain controller.


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