Metro Bytes: DF&I, FiberLight, Quantum Loophole, Breezeline, Triangle

May 16th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

Multiple infrastructure items of regional interest this week: four from the eastern seaboard, and one from the mountain west:

DF&I has expanded its wholesale connectivity solution in northern Virginia again. They have built into two additional data center facilities, both operated by industry giant Digital Realty. DF&I has built out its new Express Connect metro footprint in the Ashburn region to provide massive conduit and dark fiber capacity within the largest conglomeration of data centers on the planet.

FiberLight has added a new, diverse fiber route between Atlanta GA and Charlotte NC. The additional 325 route miles connects to a newly deployed PoP within Flexential’s data center at 10105 David Taylor Drive. From there they will be able to deliver Ethernet connectivity from 1G to 400G. FiberLight is also in Flexential facilities in Atlanta, Tampa, and Dallas.

Quantum Loophole has completed its second crossing of the Potomac River. The company’s QLoop conduit system will connect its ongoing giant data center project in Frederick with the data centers of Ashburn and the rest of northern Virginia. The second crossing is also in the Leesburg area, this time near the Point of Rocks Bridge. Both of their bores are more than 3000 feet long and 90 feet below the river bedrock.

Breezeline has won some significant state dollars to help expand its footprint in Virginia. The grant from the Virginia Telecommunication Initiative will pump in $15.2M to enable the extension of broadband to 7,500 unserved homes and businesses in eastern Caroline and Essex County, which border the Rappahannock River as it runs toward the Chesapeake. Breezline has won other VATI grants for buildouts in the region in the past.

And out west, Ribbon Communications has picked up some network upgrade business out in big sky country. Triangle Communications is deploying their IP and optical solutions to upgrade their infrastructure in Montana. Triangle’s footprint in central Montana spans 16 counties, serving 16K subscribers spread across 24,000 square miles.

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