Multiple interesting bits of regional fiber network news from around the US to catch up on this week:
Dark Fiber & Infrastructure has brought in some new leadership. The Mid-Atlantic fiber infrastructure specialist has appointed Scott Bergs as its new CEO. Bergs most recently led Vivacity and eX2 and prior to that it was Neutral Path. His arrival will free up DF&I’s founding trio to refocus their efforts on the development and delivery of fiber and conduit.
Arcadian Infracom continues to make progress on its unique routes through the Rockies and southwestern US. They have signed a customer agreement with an unnamed broadband provider for multiple fiber pairs between Phoenix and Salt Lake City. In addition, they now have the required easement from the Bureau of Indian Affairs to build through the Navajo Nation. That piece of the route will run along Highway 89 between Flagstaff and Page, Arizona and will both connect the endpoints and provide fiber connectivity for underserved communities along the way.
Fujitsu has won a deal for a new DWDM network deployment down in Texas. Vívaro Telecom, formerly known as Marcatel, will be using their 1FINITY platform and Virtuora NC software defined networking solution to deploy network between McAllen and Dallas. The Mexican-based operator has been investing in its global reach, which includes investment at the DWDM and ROADM layer northward into US markets.
Up in Minnesota, 702 Communications and the members of Fiber Minnesota have formalized their relationship to form Aurora Fiber Optic Networks. Aurora had already been out there as a brand, but will now be an entity in its own right, operating a combined state-wide network infrastructure built from its 30+ members ISPs’ combined 10,000 route miles of regional, metro, and last mile of fiber.
Everstream has implemented some new technology to accelerate its ordering and service delivery. They are leveraging Neustar’s Universal Order Connect platform to enable carrier customers to better submit access service requests. Everstream has been investing heavily in an expansion across multiple midwestern markets over the past few years, meeting demand from those service providers for deeper connectivity into regional markets.
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