Thursday Bytes: DataBank, Connectbase, Crosslake, Metro Optic, FCC

February 3rd, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

A land purchase, a rebrand, a partnership, and a touch of politics:

DataBank plans to significantly upgrade its footprint out in Denver. They have acquired the building and land their DEN2 facility sits within at 6900 South Peoria Street in Centennial, Colorado. They will be consolidating that property with the adjacent property they have already planned DEN5 for. The move will give them a campus that is tethered by dark fiber to their carrier hotel facility downtown at DEN3.

Connected2Fiber has a new name. The SaaS-based infrastructure data specialist has rebranded itself as Connectbase. The shift reflects the broadening of the company’s services beyond fiber connectivity to alternatives like wireless, coax, and yes even copper. Connectbase’s database tracks information about 1.4B locations, 5800 service providers, and 16M tenants.

Crosslake Fibre and Metro Optic are teaming up in their efforts to serve connectivity between Canada and the US. By leveraging Metro Optic’s Canadian fiber footprint and Crosslake’s diverse route across Lake Ontario and on to New York, they hope to better meet the low latency cross-border needs of hyperscalers. The two companies, which also each own chunks of Maple Leaf Fibre, target both dark fiber and lit services.

And the Democrats will have to wait a bit longer before taking the majority position at the FCC. The committee vote to confirm Gigi Sohn has been postponed due to the stroke suffered by the commerce committee member Sen. Ben Ray Luján earlier this week. Republican members haven’t been happy with the nominee’s past public activism in the telecommunications sphere, while Sohn has pledged to recuse herself on some topics.

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