Thursday Bytes: Arvig, Gateway, Empire, Ada Infrastructure

September 21st, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

Three items of regional fiber news and a new player in the global data center infrastructure space:

Arvig is putting 400G tech to work up in Minnesota, and more specifically in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area and up into the central and north central of the state including St. Cloud. The network upgrade moves them up from 100Gbps with a path to 1Tbps on the table. Additional 400G routes as well as 200G in some areas will follow as the company continues to expand its network.

Also in Minnesota, Gateway Fiber says it has launched a fiber buildout in the towns of Blaine and Coon Rapids in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis. Plans call for the buildout to expand into Andover, Champlin, Mounds View, and Shoreview next year. Gateway operates FTTH infrastructure in multiple Missouri markets west of St. Louis, but these will be their first forays into Minnesota.

Empire Access just keeps on rolling out new markets in the state of New York. This week they moved into the town of Bloomfield with the expectation of turning things up this Fall. That’s southeast of Rochester and on the northern edge of the Finger Lakes region. Empire has been launching new markets at a prodigious rate all year.

And a new data center infrastructure provider launched this week. Ada Infrastructure is kicking things off with an initial footprint of 850MW of capacity in Japan, the UK, and Brazil, with expansions in the works to increase that to as much as 1.5GW. The company is backed by the developer GLP and is led by former Microsoft executive Jennifer Weitzel. The name Ada is of coure a reference to the computer science pioneer Ada Lovelace.

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