Metro Bytes: Fibertech, Wilcon, Axiom, ZenFi, Interoute

May 13th, 2015 by · 1 Comment

With ITW underway out in Chicago, folks have been saving up network news of all types for the occasion.  Here's a quick survey of some metro fiber news of interest, with four domestic items and one from the UK:

With the tremors from its announced plans to merge with with Lightower still echoing, Fibertech has been busy in western Pennsylvania. The metro fiber specialist has is building a 10G ring for the Pittsburgh Public Schools, hooking up some 61 of their locations and terminating at the district's data center. Fibertech has 480 route miles in the city already of course, and will be building further laterals off of that to make the buildout happen.

Out in sunny, dry Southern California, Wilcon is bringing some new fiber to Tinseltown. They are building dark fiber through the core of the Hollywood Media District, looking to further tap into the region's content and media vertical. Khaos Digital is mentioned as an early customer. Since buying Freedom Dark Fiber, Wilcon has been consolidating its hold on greater Los Angeles by adding loops, completing others, and introducing lit services.

Back in New York, Axiom Fiber Networks is polishing off some of its first Manhattan PoPs. They're opening a location in each of Telx's 3 facilities, which of course are at three of the highest profile nodes in the city: 60 Hudson, 111 8th Ave, and 32 Avenue of the Americas. In a recent Industry Spotlight here, Axiom's Felipe Alvarez indicated the startup's initial fiber loop is in place with the access pieces into such facilities underway.

The city's other new metro fiber operator was also busy this week. ZenFi Networks has built two 864-count dark fiber cables into 325 Hudson, the Netrality facility that is rapidly becoming one of the city's go-to interconnection points. ZenFi is also putting together its initial ring, and will be using that to take on the rapidly evolving mobile backhaul market. We'll hopefully have ZenFi CEO Ray La Chance here for an Industry Spotlight soon as well.

And, over in the UK, Interoute has sold some intra-datacenter bandwidth to Ark Data Centres. The high capacity, low latency connections will hook up Ark's data centers in its campuses in Wiltshire and Hampshire, helping support Ark's recently announced joint venture with the UK governments Crown Hosting Data Centres for a data center footprint. This deal comes to Interoute courtesy of the Vtesse acquisition last year, which brought both the UK metro and regional fiber assets and the relationship with Ark to the table. Interoute also launched a cloud accelerator product in which an on-site device extends the company's SDN reach to the enterprise and thus enables various NFV-powered services.

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