Four bits of infrastructure news from around the US, one for FTTH, two for urban mobile networks, and one longhaul project:
Transit Wireless and New York’s MTA have teamed up for a network expansion project. The deal will double Transit Wireless’s 5G fiber network, adding 418 track miles and 20 separate river crossings within New York’s subway tunnels. Transit Wireless is part of BAI Communications, which also purchased ZenFi last year. The two have parallel infrastructure, and it should be interesting to see how they work together in NYC.
Consolidated Communications has picked up yet more government support for its FTTH expansion. This week they were awarded two grants worth a combined $17M to reach 15,800 homes and businesses in rural Maine. More specifically, One of the grants focuses on the towns of Skowhegan, Madison, Cornville, and Canaan, while the other touches Bancroft, Brookton, Danforth, Drew Plantation, Glenwood Plantation, Haynesville, Forest, Forest City, Orient, Reed Plantation, and Weston.
Andrena has raised $15M in a Series A funding round led by Dragonfly Capital. Andrena targets affordable urban internet access, leveraging the latest wireless technology alongside relationships with property owners. Their footprint has been in the northeast and Florida, but with the new funds they have plans for national reach.
And in news I missed from last week, Arcadian Infracom has announced a new public/private collaboration with the California Department of Technology. The arrangement gives Arcadian Infracom an anchor partner for its planned longhaul route from Los Angeles to Phoenix along I-40. The company says the construction phase is underway, with an aim toward delivery in mid 2027. The California part of that will see 300+ route miles of longhaul and middle mile infrastructure built out in Los Angeles and San Bernadino counties.
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