Wednesday Bytes: FirstLight, irix, DE-CIX

September 7th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

A quick roundup at midweek:

I missed this one prior to the long weekend, but FirstLight’s expansion in Pennsylvania has made significant strides. Two years after the northeastern fiber operator announced plans to build out southward from New York, they now have 3,000 route miles built out in the state. Some 1,800 route moes of that came with the acquisition of the KINBER network and assets, which were built out after a BTOP grant. FirstLight’s plans for the second half of 2022 call for another 250 route miles to be completed.

Southeast Asia has a new subsea cable in place. iris, which is the new name of PPTEL, has launched the new BaSICS cable between Batam, Indonesia and Arawak, Malaysia. Batam is just across the water from Singapore, while Sarawak the piece of Malaysia over on the island of Borneo. The 700km cable lands at irix’s new Tier IV data center in Santubong.

And DE-CIX has a new CEO and Chair of the Board. After a 25 year run, Harald A. Summa has yielded the position to Ivo Ivanov, who has been leading the IX provider’s international business and strategy for many years. Summa will move to the Supervisory board. Also joining DE-CIX’s board is the company’s CTO Thomas King.

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Categories: Interconnection · Metro fiber · Undersea cables

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