This week was a big one for open access networks. Several such network operators made the news this week. One of the operators even made two announcements.
FiberFirst, a Texas-based service provider, will use the Ubiquity open access network in Omaha to provide multi-gigabit broadband service at speeds up to 5 Gbps. FiberFirst notes that it focuses on offering multi-gigabit speed fiber internet connections and value-added communication services to homes, businesses, and enterprises with locally based support teams. Current markets include Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin, Texas.
Ting Internet said it would offer service over an open access network that will be built in Memphis by Blue Suede Networks. Ting plans to charge $89 a month for 2 Gbps symmetrical service. Initially, at least, Ting will be the exclusive provider for residences and small businesses in Memphis.
This isn’t the first time that Ting has used an open access network to support its service. The company has similar deals with Ubiquity in Carlsbad, California and Mesa, Arizona; with Colorado Springs Utilities in the city with the same name; and with a municipal network in Westminster, Maryland.
Another open access network operator, SiFi Networks, announced two deals this week. The company will build that type of network in Farmington and Farmington Hills, Michigan and another in Oceanside, California.
SiFi Networks noted that both projects will be privately funded at no cost to taxpayers. The cost of the Michigan buildout is expected to be $70 million. The California buildout is expected to cost $120 million.