Metro Bytes: Windstream, FastWyre, Ritter, CityFibre, Ljósleiðarinn

March 20th, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

Here’s a set of regional and metro upgrade and expansion project news to keep up with this week:

Windstream Wholesale has completed two new route upgrades in Virginia. They’ll be leveraging FLEX DWDM technology from Ciena on their ICON network between the data centers of Ashburn and Richmond, and the cable landing station down in Virginia Beach. The result will enable 400G waves and managed spectrum services as well as inline OTDR to improve repair times.

FastWyre says its investments within the state of Missouri will pass $60M this year. They plan to upgrade their FTTH speeds to 10Gbps in the towns of Sedalia, Warrensburg, Knob Noster, La Monte, and Nevada. The project should be complete this summer, targeting both residential and business customers.

Ritter Communications is finishing up work to bring two new Arkansas towns on-net, bringing 5Gbps connections to the residential and business marketplace. FTTH infrastructure in Rogers and Lowell should be complete this spring in what has been a $5.4M project. Ritter has additional communities in northwestern Arkansas on deck as well.

CityFibre’s rollout in the city of Rugby has now passed 250km of fiber, which they note is a length twice that of the nearby Oxford Canal. Of course, it’s not along the canal, but you get the idea. Rugby is southeast of Birmingham with a population of 78K or so, and CityFibre’s infrastructure will be available through its wholesale partners.

And Ljósleiðarinn, which is more simply referred to as Reykjavik Fibre Network, has tapped Nokia for a network upgrade. They (pronouns are safer) will deploy Nokia’s Lightspan fiber access and Altiplano access controller within the Icelandic capital and surrounding region. No doubt they’ll stay far away from that volcano we keep hearing about I’m sure. The upgrade will put Ljósleiðarinn in a position to roll out 25G when the time is ripe.

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