Houston-based Alpheus Communications said today that it will invest more than $10 million this year to expand its workforce and fiber network to support its new market of selling high-bandwidth services directly to Texas businesses.

Alpheus expects its workforce will grow by more than 30 percent this year as customer service, sales and technical staff are added to support Alpheus’ growth plans.

Alpheus is launching into the enterprise market in Texas. Alpheus said it will now use its extensive network and management expertise to sell directly to businesses in Texas’ largest metro areas, including Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

The company said that more than 88,000 buildings in Texas are Metro Ethernet-qualified on its network. Alpheus has more than 2,800 miles of long-haul fiber and 3,200 miles of metro fiber.

“We are making a big investment in the people and technology needed to take this company to the next level so that Alpheus and Texas businesses can begin forming direct and long-lasting relationships,” said Alpheus CEO Scott Widham. “Alpheus is benefiting from Houston’s deep talent pool, and we are eagerly hiring employees whose experience serving business customers will further strengthen our ability to succeed with enterprises.”

Widham was formerly CEO of cable operator Cobridge Communications.

The rock-solid Alpheus network provides the highest-quality business voice, data, Internet and data center services on a core network with better than 99.999 percent availability.

In addition to Metro Ethernet services, Alpheus also offers regional long-haul transport, dedicated Internet access, data center colocation and business voice services.
The Alpheus fiber network is connected to more than 300 central offices and POPs (points of presence). The company owns facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley.