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US round-up: Shentel launches 5Gbps fibre; Brightspeed deploys XGS-PON; T-Mobile identifies Colorado fibre partner; Grain acquires Quintillion

5 Apr 2023

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), which offers fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services via the Glo Fiber brand, has announced the launch of symmetrical 5Gbps services across its Mid-Atlantic footprint. Over 147,000 homes across Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania will have access to 5Gbps speeds in these markets.

Connect Holding (Brightspeed) has announced that it has launched XGS-PON fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) services in parts of six states: Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In October 2022 Lumen Technologies closed the sale of its incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) business in 20 states to Brightspeed for USD7.5 billion. Going forward, Brightspeed plans to reach one million homes and small businesses with fibre by year-end.

T-Mobile US, which recently extended ‘T-Fiber’-branded gigabit FTTH connectivity to Northglenn and Pueblo, Colorado, has informed Fierce Wireless that the service has been launched in association with Colorado-based Intrepid Fiber. The latter company is owned by investment firm Brookfield Infrastructure and was incorporated in January.

Finally, Washington, DC-based private investment firm Grain Management has struck a deal with Alaska-based QSH Parent Holdco (Quintillion). Founded in 2015, Quintillion provides fixed broadband services to communities in Northern Alaska, connecting schools, hospitals, businesses and consumers. The Alaskan company operates a 500-mile terrestrial fibre network alongside a 1,200-mile subsea system. Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

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