A new CLS, some M&A activity, a technology upgrade, and a broad FTTH expansion move to keep an eye on:
EXA Infrastructure is building a new dedicated Open Cable Landing Station in Sicily. It will be in Mazara del Vallo on the Italian island’s southeastern shoreline, and will consolidate existing landing sites there into a scalable next generation facility better able to address the needs of a rapidly changnig market. Sicily’s importance as a hub between Europe, Africa, and Asia has been steadily growing for a while now.
BAI Communications is officially a metro fiber force in New York City. They have closed the acquisition of ZenFi Networks, which will take its place alongside Mobilitie and Transit Wireless. ZenFi operates 1,100 route miles in the metro area connecting 65 network edge colo facilities and the infrastructure connecting 4,000 LinkNYC kiosks. Just how the new ownership will shift ZenFi’s approach in the Big Apple remains to be seen.
Gulf Bridge International continues to ready its network for the World Cup, which begins next week. They have deployed Infinera’s ICE6 technology across the company’s network footprint, both subsea and terrestrial. The upgrade gives them connections up to 800G and potentially doubles their capacity.
Lumen has begun its latest FTTH expansion project. They are rolling out more Quantum Fiber reach within 30 metro areas around the country. Lumen’s FTTH builds extend from the metro fiber footprints they already have, reaching out into neighborhoods and subdivisions. They have a very interesting set of metro maps of those plans for 21 markets here.
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