Shentel Glo Fiber, the multi-gigabit FTTH broadband service of Shenandoah Telecommunications, will begin serving Frederick, MD in January.
The all-fiber network – the company’s first in Maryland — eventually will offer service to about 20,000 residences and businesses.
“This expansion of Glo Fiber to a new state underscores a time of extraordinary growth for the brand,” Chris Kyle, Vice President of Industry and Regulatory Affairs at Shentel said in a press release. “As we continue to expand our coverage areas, we are committed to providing a choice for reliable, affordable internet services and unmatched customer service.”
Glo Fiber serves the mid-Atlantic states of Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia with FTTH network and WiFi 6 services. Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) also offers fixed wireless under the name Beam Internet, but the carrier recently halted expansion of that service. The foundations of Shentel’s businesses are its 7,000-mile regional fiber network and 220 macro cell towers.
Glo Fiber has been extremely active this fall. Shentel, which has roots as a telephone service provider in rural Virginia, had more recently operated a mobile network for Sprint. After T-Mobile completed the acquisition of the mobile carrier, it exercised an option to buy the mobile business. That deal closed in July and Shentel has since embarked on aggressive FTTH expansion
In mid-October, Glo Fiber announced an agreement with Williamsburg, VA to deploy a FTTH network. Construction will begin in 2022, which eventually will serve approximately 4,000 homes and businesses.
Earlier in the month, Glo Fiber said it would serve Martinsburg, WV, with service slated to begin this month. The network will serve approximately 7,000 homes and businesses.
In late September, Glo Fiber said its project in Hanover, PA is under way. Service was expected to begin last month to more than 6,000 homes and businesses
The company also announced plans for Carlisle, PA and Frederick County and Suffolk VA in September.