US round-up: C Spire snags MegaGate; AT&T unveils 1Gbps plan in NC; FiberLight increases Texan footprint

12 Jun 2014

Mississippi-based C Spire has announced plans to acquire MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of VoIP, data, and business telecommunications solutions. Headquartered in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, MegaGate serves most local business markets as a facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) and internet service provider (ISP). Founded in 1990, the company began operations in 1998 as a division of Cellular One, a wireless provider serving markets in south Mississippi. C Spire expects final regulatory approval of the merger within the next 60 days.

Meanwhile, AT&T has reached an agreement with the city of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to supply residents and businesses with its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) U-verse GigaPower service. According to Fierce Telecom, the agreement stems from AT&T’s discussions with the North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN), a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next-generation networks to North Carolina. Similar 1Gbps FTTP plans – related to the NCNGN initiative – are awaiting ratification in five other North Carolina towns and cities: Carrboro, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh.

Finally, Georgia-based FiberLight has revealed its progress in terms of both wireless backhaul and the connection of smaller, more remote regions of Texas to the state’s larger metro markets. To date, FiberLight has connected over 600 cell towers, installed nearly 5,500 route miles across the state, connected a number of cities and towns to its network – including Victoria and Bryan this year – and added new data centres, including Fibertown in Bryan – which will be connected to FiberLight’s high speed DASH (Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston) network this month. FiberLight also began the first phase of a planned 1,800 mile layer one high-speed transport circuit connecting Midland, Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo, Ozona, Forth Stockton, Monahans, Lubbock, Amarillo and Wichita Falls, which will be completed later this year.

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