Monday Bytes: 123Net, Ziply, Arvig, LightRiver

March 13th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

Some regional fiber news plus an SDN technology upgrade:

123Net has plans to build out some new fiber infrastructure in Michigan. They will be adding dual paths to the town of Fenton, northwest of Detroit. It’s a followup to the 130-mile fiber build up to Bay City they are working on with Peninsula Fiber Network. They’ll build the extra bit alongside that project, which will be ready by the end of next year. The path is just 5 miles long, but will copper circuits still in use.

Ziply Fiber made a couple of interesting moves last week. Ziply has agreed to acquire Ptera, a fiber and fixed wireless ISP in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. It’s their 4th deal in the past year, and brings in 4K customers as well as Ptera’s employee base. Meanwhile Ziply is also moving to upgrade copper to fiber in the Oregon markets of Glendale, Banks and Riddle as well as the Washington town of Westport.

Arvig says it has passed 15,500 fiber miles throughout its territory, and more than 1,100 route miles total as of the end of 2022. Arvig’s regional network hits 48 counties in Minnesota and touches the nearby states of North Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois as well.

And LightRiver is taking its SDN-powered netFLEX platform to the next level. They have released netFLEX 4.71, adding support for additional optical technology from Nokia, Cisco, SMartiOotics, Ciena, and Juniper. LightRiver’s platform underlies many service provider networks, providing multi-vendor automation at the optical level.

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Categories: Fiber Networks · FTTH · Mergers and Acquisitions · SDN

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