MOX to Build Toptana’s Fiber Backhaul

December 14th, 2022 by · Leave a Comment

Two independent infrastructure players are teaming up to create a future key piece of the Pacific Northwest’s infrastructure. MOX Networks announced yesterday that it is building the necessary backhaul network for Toptana Technologies new cable landing station.

Toptana is owned by the Quinault Indian Nation, and is building the Ocean Shores CLS within its land along the southeast Washington Coast. When complete in 2025, the 17,700 square foot CLS will initially support up to 4 subsea cables. But of course a cable landing station requires backhaul to connect up to the rest of the internet, and MOX Networks will be building the new terrestrial fiber route to make that happen.

MOX’s buildout will offer 288 fibers along a 98 mile route back to its own infrastructure, which it has been putting in place between Seattle and Hillsboro. When we checked in with MOX COO Alan Meeks in April, the company was building south from Seattle and north from Hillsboro, with the route expected to be ready in Q1 of 2023. It bypasses Portland itself, adding much needed needed diversity.

What Toptana needs now is a subsea cable to land at its new CLS, but there’s plenty of time yet for that.

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