A few interesting items to round out the week:
EdgeCore has some big plans for Reno, Nevada. They have begun construction on a campus there with an eventual capacity of 1.5M square feet of space and 216MW of critical IT load. The Reno metro area offers a lower energy option than nearby California while being just 3ms away. They have an agreement in place with NV Energy for a substation and utility power delivery in the second half of 2025. Also in place is a 564-count fiber route connecting the campus with the exchange point at 200 South Virginia.
Cisco has made an inorganic move up in Norway with the acquisition of the part of Working Group Two. The deal will bring Working Group Two’s cloud-based core network platform in-house, along with a talent base of some 90 employees. Cisco will spend $150M to acquire the company from Telenor, which started the company and still owns 44.6% of it, and Digital Alpha which became a cornerstone investor 6 years ago when it was spun out.
Empire Access has taken on a new market on the far west of its footprint. They have expanded their FTTx services into Erie PA, anticipating a launch in autumn 2023. Empire has been adding new markets at a prodigious rate across New York’s southern Tier and the northern bits of Pennsylvania. But that’s the thing with FTTx — there is no end of potential markets even within a relatively small geographical region.
Wifinity has tapped Cambium Networks for the gear to power a significant WiFi upgrade project in the hospitality space. Wifinity is working with a ‘major hoiday park operator’ in the UK to upgrade the infrastructure serving 66 holiday parks. Cambium’s fixed wireless tech will connect WiFi access points in caravans and cottages across the parks, enabling reliable bandwidth for vacationers and central management by Wifinity.
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