Telecom/Electric

Novacap to Acquire Horizon Telcom

Novacap TMT, one of Canada’s leading private equity firms, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Horizon Telcom, a premier provider of fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services operating primarily in Ohio. Under the terms of the agreement, Novacap will acquire the..

Report: Active Optical Cabling Market to Reach $7.4 Billion by 2023

According to a new report published by Communications Industry Researchers, “Active Optical Cables: Markets and Opportunities, 2018-2027,” revenues from active optical cables (AOCs) will reach $7.4 billion worldwide by 2023. Key findings from the report include: Much of the growth for AOCs will ..

RCN/Grande Officially Acquires Wave Broadband

RCN/Grande, a nationwide broadband service platform controlled by TPG Capital, today closed its previously announced $2.37 billion acquisition of Wave Broadband. Under the terms of the acquisition, Wave will continue to operate as a branded entity, headquartered in Kirkland, Washington. “By combini..

Cable ONE Business to Build Fiber-Optic Ethernet Network for Arizona Education Service Agency

Cable ONE Business today announced that it has been awarded a contract to build a new 1 gigabit fiber-optic Wide Area Network (WAN) with Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) for the Yavapai County Education Service Agency, which encompasses more than 50 schools and libraries and 100 businesses within Yav..

Tampnet Selects GTT for Low Latency Transatlantic Connectivity

GTT Communications, Inc. today announced that Tampnet has selected GTT’s optical transport services to connect its offshore telecommunication assets in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Tampnet serves more than 240 oil and gas platforms, floating production storage and offloading units, and explorat..

Frontier Communications Exceeds Major Broadband Milestone

Frontier Communications Corporation today announced it exceeded its 2017 Connect America Fund (CAF) milestones in each of the 29 states it serves, reaching over 45 percent of its eligible households under the FCC’s CAF program. In addition to new broadband access, over 900,000 households experienced..

C Spire Plans Broadband Expansion in Another Mississippi Town

C Spire will hold a meeting in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Jan. 26, 2018 to educate area business owners about the opportunity to get Gigabit speed internet access for their businesses at the lowest price available in the U.S.  An earlier Dec. 8 meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather. ..

XKL's eVolocity Platform Provides Protection and Efficiency Gains to Subsea Cable Operators

XKL LLC, a leading provider of optical networking solutions, has introduced a subsea cabling solution that facilitates an optical protection scheme with protected LAN PHY links, DWDM links, or both, all in a single platform. Subsea cable providers can use the innovative eVolocity platform to max..

Zayo Acquires Optic Zoo Networks

Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. today announced it has acquired Vancouver-based Optic Zoo Networks for CAD $31 million. Optic Zoo owns and operates high-capacity fiber in Vancouver and has achieved a significant penetration of customers, with a focus on the digital media sector. The transaction strengthe..

SippTech and SAK Construction Enter Into Exclusive National Installer Agreement

SIPP Technologies LLC (SippTech) today announced it has reached an agreement with SAK Construction LLC (SAK) for exclusive installation rights of its SippSteel™ robotic lining technology. Pursuant to the agreement, SAK is now the sole national installation contractor for SippTech’s multidimensional,..

Aqua Comms Joins Consortium Building North Atlantic Subsea Cable System

Aqua Comms DAC, the operator of Ireland’s first dedicated subsea fiber-optic network interconnecting New York, Dublin and London, announced it has joined the HAVFRUE consortium, which will own and operate a new subsea cable system connecting New Jersey to Ireland and Denmark, with connectivity optio..

Global Water Resources Joins WaterStart

Global Water Resources, Inc., a pure-play water resource management company based in Phoenix, Arizona, has joined WaterStart, a cluster of global leaders in the implementation of water technologies. Based in the Las Vegas campus of the Desert Research Institute in Nevada, WaterStart brings together..

Aclara And Suez Join Forces to Provide Smart Infrastructure Solutions to U.S. Cities

Aclara and SUEZ North America today announced an exclusive strategic partnership to deliver advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) that will enable SUEZ to better serve municipalities across the United States. The Advanced Solutions division of SUEZ North Am..

Finisar Names New CEO

Finisar Corporation, a global technology leader for subsystems and components for fiber optic communications, announced the retirement of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Rawls, and the appointment of Michael Hurlston as Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 11, 2018.  Hurlston will also..

Pipeline H2O Announces 2018 Class

Pipeline H2O, the award-winning water technology commercialization program managed by The Hamilton Mill, has announced its 2018 class, which includes the following companies: Cerahelix – ceramic pico filtration products used for high purity filtration. Drop Water – an innovative way to make and ..

CommScope and OFS Extend Long-Term Fiber Partnership

OFS and CommScope have entered into a new eight-year partnership to help ensure the availability of optical fiber supply to CommScope for use in its customers’ networks. “Through this agreement, CommScope secures access to a premier supply of optical fiber for development of innovative fiber cablin..

GoNetspeed Expands Fiber Optic Presence in Pittsburgh

GoNetspeed, a fiber-optic Internet service provider, today announced it has added Beaver Falls, Economy, Conway, Beaver, Monaca and Rochester, Pennsylvania, to its Pittsburgh service territory.  In October 2017, the company launched its expansion efforts in the Pittsburgh area, by offering residenti..

President Trump Signs Orders to Improve Rural Broadband

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order and presidential memorandum designed to enhance internet speeds in rural communities across America. According to the executive order, agencies must remove barriers to capital investment and providing broadband services to those in rural commu..

Trenchless Technology Center Awarded $500K Sprayed in Place Pipe Technology Analysis Contract

SippTech LLC has finalized a contract with Louisiana Tech’s Trenchless Technology Center for their continued partnership and product analysis of the advancement of Spray in Place Pipe Technology, (SIPP). The awarded contract specifically involves testing of SippTech’s robotic systems and installatio..

ALLO Acquires Glenwood Telecommunications' Operations in Nebraska Town

Nebraska-based ALLO Communications today announced the purchase of the fiber network and customer contracts of Glenwood Telecommunications’ Hastings, Nebraska operations. “ALLO looks forward to operating the fiber network to serve the customers in Hastings with exceptional service and t..

Xtera Partners With Fortress Solutions to Enhance the Lifespan of Subsea Cable Systems

Xtera, a provider of innovative subsea fiber optic solutions, announced a partnership with Fortress Solutions, a leading provider of telecom equipment repair, to enhance the longevity of its cable systems. As an ISO 9001, TL 9000, ISO 14001 and R2-certified equipment repair service provider, Fortres..

JetStream Cable Blowing Machine Offers Installation, Versatility

General Machine Products (KT) LLC, a subsidiary of Klein Tools, added the JetStream Cable Blowing Machine to its line of fiber optic cable blowing equipment. From microfiber to traditional backbone cable installation, the JetStream is adjustable to place 0.23- to 0.79-inch diameter cable into 0.75- ..

Excavators Dig Up, Break Through Terrain To Lay Fiber Optics Over 210-Mile Project

Robinson Brothers Construction (RBC) – an independent utility contractor based in Washington – secured a contract with a major telecommunications company to increase connectivity from Umatilla to Portland, OR. The company specializes in underground construction applications to support the expanding ..

Unique Undergrounding Program Reduces Outages, Maximizes Response Time

In late August, Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other areas in Southeast Texas, leaving more than 750,000 customers without electric power. Immediately after Harvey, Hurricane Irma struck Florida, leaving much of the state and more than 6 million customers in the dark. Discussions about con..

Frontier Communications Achieves Rural Broadband Milestone

Frontier Communications announced it has exceeded 2017 milestone requirements for the Connect America Fund program (CAF) in eight additional states: Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund program requi..

Bechtel Honored for Pipeline Integrity Management Tool

Bechtel has been awarded the prestigious 2018 Digital Edge 50 Award in recognition of its new Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM) tool. With support from Bechtel’s Future Fund, an internal incubator which finances development of disruptive technologies, innovators from the company’s pipeline busines..

Fiber Broadband Association Releases White Paper on Fiber and 5G

The Fiber Broadband Association has released a new white paper, “The Road to 5G is Paved with Fiber,” on the necessity of fiber broadband for 5G networks. The paper explains how more wireline fiber—and a substantial amount of it—will be needed to support the next generation of our wireless networks...

SoCalGas Starts Work on Innovative Fiber-Optic Installation to Monitor Pipelines in Real-Time

Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today announced it has commenced construction on a first-of-its kind, fiber optic cable installation that will allow the company to monitor the condition of its high-pressure transmission pipelines in real-time. The fiber optic technology is being installed alo..

Cincinnati Bell, Hawaiian Telcom Merger Approved in Hawaii

The Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Cable Television Division (CATV) has conditionally approved the transfer of control of Hawaiian Telcom’s cable franchise to Cincinnati Bell Inc.  “We are pleased that our merger approval process is moving forward expeditious..

Fiber Broadband Association Names New Chairman-Elect for 2018

The Fiber Broadband Association has elected Kevin Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer of Clearfield, Inc., to the position of Chairman-Elect for 2018. Morgan will serve one year as Chairman-Elect then transition to the position of Chairman of the Board in 2019. This position is critical for leading key ..