Alpheus extends fiber network to more Houston buildings

Alpheus Communications, a CLEC serving the growing DASH (Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston) market, has built out its fiber network to a number of new buildings in downtown Houston, furthering its on-net footprint.

Business tenants who reside at 1001 Fannin St., Two Allen Center at 1200 Smith St. and 601 Travis St. will be able to get fiber-based Ethernet service with speeds ranging from as low as 1.5 Mbps up to GigE.

One of the advantages for businesses is that since the fiber is already installed in these buildings, they won't have to deal with long lead times or pay a premium to have the fiber specially built into their location.

Scott Widham, CEO of Alpheus, said in a release announcing the new buildouts that it will continue to expand its "footprint in Houston and other metro areas in Texas through additional investments in 2013."

To date, Alpheus' fiber network is connected to more than 300 central offices and POPs (points-of-presence). Last October, the service provider said it has set a goal of connecting 100 buildings in Dallas and Houston to its fiber network.

Over the past year, Alpheus has been aggressively expanding its network reach. Last July, the CLEC announced plans to invest over $10 million in 2012 to simultaneously expand its workforce by 30 percent and its fiber network.

A key piece of the company's ongoing network expansion in the DASH market is its focus on Ethernet. Leveraging a mix of fiber and copper, the service provider's Ethernet footprint serves over 94,000 buildings.

Besides its recent organic buildout efforts, Alpheus has also been active on the acquisition front, buying Houston-based data center service provider Net Star Telecommunications in December.

For more:
- see the release

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