Magellan kicks off fiber construction in US

(UC) — Magellan, which develops next-generation fiber networks, has commenced the design and construction of fiber-to-the home-networks, worth over $250 million.

It is constructing the broadband network in rural and urban communities across six states in the U.S. for a mix of utilities, municipalities, tribes and independent telco clients.

"As the wave of new fiber deployments continues, we are here to support our clients' needs throughout the entire process," John Honker, president of Magellan, said. "We've invested in the resources to support these large-scale fiber networks, giving our clients a single partner that manages every aspect of planning, designing and building fiber-to-the-home networks."

With these projects, nearly 100,000 rural people and 150,000 urban people will gain access to fiber broadband services that have speeds up to 1 gigabit.

This new fiber broadband network will cover a total of 3,000 miles.

"In addition to our existing projects, Magellan has submitted nearly $400 million in federal grants since the beginning of 2022,” Jessica Zufolo, vice president of rural broadband and grant strategies, said. “We see significant growth in committed federal funding and have positioned our clients to take advantage of these unique opportunities. As awards are made, Magellan stands ready to support its clients across the design and deployment of these networks nationwide."

In February, Magellan bagged a contract to design and manage the construction broadband network of Empower Broadband.

This $154 million project will provide broadband services to Halifax, Mecklenburg, southern Brunswick and southern Charlotte counties in Virginia.

Broadband service will become available to more than 14,000 homes and businesses.

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