Ting, which currently operates a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) model using Sprint Corp’s network, has confirmed that it has inked an agreement to become the network operator and first service provider on the city-owned fibre-optic network in Westminster, Maryland. According to an official company blog post, Ting was awarded the contract to act as the city’s private sector partner earlier this week, following a city council meeting. Construction on the Westminster Fiber Network, which will initially reach 9,000 homes and 500 businesses, began in October 2014.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2014 Ting purchased a majority stake in Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI), a small, independent internet service provider (ISP) in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ting parent company Tucows intends to use the ISP to deploy a 1Gbps-capable, fibre-to-the-home network, which is likely to pass around 12,000 homes in 1Q15.