Monday Roundup: Ciena, ECL, Scala, CityFibre

July 1st, 2024 by · Leave a Comment

Two interesting data center projects, some middle mile work, and some FTTH expansion:

Ciena picked up some middle mile business down in the deep South last week. Alabama Fiber Network will be using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Nano and 6500 RLS to support AFN’s rollout. AFN is a coalition of 8 rural electric cooperatives. They plan to deploy 5,000 linear miles with interconnection points in all of the state’s 67 counties. It is part of a $300M investment by the state of Alabama in open-access middle-mile infrastructure.

ECL says it has delivered the world’s first-ever hydrogen-powered data center. Their MV1 facility in Mountain View, California, is off-grid and built with a sustainable, modular design ready to take on AI workloads. Cato Digital is the first tenant. ECL has also raised another $10M from Hyperwise Ventures to accelerate the company’s plans.

Scala Data Centers has broken ground on its $1B investment in Fortaleza. The Latin American data center infrastructure provider has begun construction of SFORPF01, its first data center in northeastern Brazil. The hyperscale-focused facility will initially offer 7.2MW of IT capacity and 258,300 square feet of space, with another 20.7MW in the wings. They have two anchor clients already lined up.

And over in the UK, CityFibre says its expansion in Chichester is now mostly complete. They have rolled out FTTH services to some 12K homes in the city, which sits in West Sussex just east of Portsmouth near the southern coast of England. Fishbourne and Stockbridge are among the most recent areas of Chichester to get connectivity.

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