ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There’s a new fiber optic network provider on the block in Albuquerque following CenturyLink’s sale of some local assets to Missouri-based Unite Private Networks.
CenturyLink announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Justice approved the sale as part of CenturyLink’s $34 billion acquisition of Level 3 Communications. For that deal to move forward, the Justice Department required CenturyLink to sell off some Level 3 assets, including that company’s metro fiber optic networks in Albuquerque, in Boise, Idaho, and in Tucson, Ariz.
Unite Private Networks, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., won purchase rights for the Level 3 assets in an open bid for an undisclosed amount, said UPN President Jason Adkins. The 20-year-old company specializes in building, owning and operating fiber optic networks to provide services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals and enterprise business customers.
It currently operates in 21 states but only launched operations in New Mexico last year after winning an $18.2 million contract to build a network tying together all Albuquerque Public School locations, Adkins said. The acquisition of Level 3 assets emerged after UPN began working on the APS contract, and the company bid on it to launch long-term operations here.
“It dovetailed together,” Adkins told the Journal. “Albuquerque is now a key part of our long-term plans. We’re excited about coming to the local market.”