We have been seeing expansions across the competitive fiber space as companies kick off 2010. Here are a few more that I hadn’t gotten to yet.
Fiberlight gave details of its expansion in the Baltimore area that I had heard was underway. The company is constructing an additional 100 route miles of fiber to their network, expanding beyond the downtown loops. Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge, and Greenbelt will all benefit from the additional connectivity. Along with last year’s new loop out to Culpeper VA, Fiberlight has been adding significant depth to its metro fiber footprint in the whole region and I doubt they’re done yet.
Out in the Rockies, regional fiber provider Syringa Networks announced an expansion beyond its traditional turf in Idaho into Utah. The company’s fiber networks now extend into the Northern Utah region called the Wasatch Front. That’s not exactly a household name back east where I hail from, but it refers to Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Provo – i.e. where nearly all the people in the state actually live. This expansion makes a heck of a lot of sense as it offers rare diversity in the region. Most longhaul routes either go through Salt Lake City or through Boise, but going from Boise to Salt Lake City is another matter entirely most of the time.
And New York metro area dark fiber provider Lexent has joined the GeoReach program of sdxc, which serves the financial industry with low latency dark fiber. They have also now completed its low latency extension to Switch and Data’s North Bergen facility. Lexent seems to be adding high profile buildings to its network at a rather fast clip of late. I can’t help but wonder if the company won’t be an M&A target down the line, they clearly have some nice assets in a high value region that many carriers would love to get their hands on.
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