Fiber Bytes: Windstream Wholesale, Gateway Fiber, CityFibre, Utopia Fiber

February 21st, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

One new regional fiber route, and three bits of FTTH news to catch up with:

Windstream Wholesale has completed the northern section of its “Beach Route” fiber build in the southeastern US. The new 651 route miles of fiber infrastructure consists of 864-count fiber connecting Raleigh NC and Savannah GA with Myrtle Beach SC, enabling backhaul from the new DC BLOX cable landing station there. The southern portion will add another 192 route miles of new conduit down to Jacksonville FL sometime in Q2. Windstream will be lighting fiber on these segments and incorporating the links into its ICON network around then as well.

Missouri-based Gateway Fiber has announced a significant expansion of its footprint up in the Minneapolis MN metro area. They plan to build out their FTTH infrastructure to Brooklyn Park, Champlin, and Maple Grove, which sit to the northwest of the city. The expansion closely follows existing buildouts in Blaine and Coon Rapids, moving to the west and south. Construction will begin this spring.

Over in the UK, CityFibre has begun work on an expansion to 45K homes in Cambridgeshire to the northeast of London. It’s part of the government’s £5bn Project Gigabit program to build infrastructure to hard-to-reach areas, and will start with Fen Ditton, Grantchester, and Milton. CityFibre is also building out to 170K homes across Cambridgeshire without the help of a government grant. The company has eight other Project Gigabit delivery contracts at various stages in the process.

And Utopia Fiber has offered an update on its expansions out in Utah. In 2023 the company says it installed 1.5M linear feet of conduit and 2.7M linear feet of fiber cable, and connected the cities of Orem, Cedar Hills, Pleasant Grove, Syracuse, and Santa Clara. They added 23K connected homes and 8,233 new residential subscribers. The community-owned network now has FTTH infrastructure in 21 cities and touches some 50 total. They also raised $35.63M in new financing to keep things rolling.


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