Northeastern fiber operator Sidera Networks (news) has been selected to provide connectivity to the new ACC6 facility of Dupont Fabros in northern Virginia. Sidera is the first fiber provider to connect to the facility, phase 1 of which which went online last fall. Sidera’s network between DC and NYC features both low latency and some unique route diversity, which gives them a leg up in what is one of the most competitive markets around.
I don’t think they had to do too much digging for this one though, since they had just recently expanded into the Ashburn Corporate Center (ACC) itself in October. In fact, it’s probable that this piece has been in place for a while already with the PR coming out later as they often do. Sidera has been quick to move into Dupont Fabros’s new facilities lately, building out into NJ-1 in Piscataway last summer.
With the news that one of Sidera’s main rivals in the Tier 1 markets of the east coast, AboveNet, is being bought by Zayo, one wonders what its owners, ABRY Partners, have in mind from here. They could have sold out last summer, and rumors said they considered it, but they didn’t. They could have gone on the M&A hunt for more fiber themselves, but nothing happened on that front either. Instead they’ve been buying other internet infrastructure assets like Telx and Masergy, but haven’t been trying to put those pieces together directly. Sidera itself has been positioning itself for an organic growth phase, although I’m sure if an inorganic opportunity were to arise within their footprint they would jump on it. Seems like there are a few chapters left to write.