Today Intellifiber formally announced the turn-up of a new low latency network between Chicago and Washington DC. The new connection, rated at 13.7ms, fits alongside their 17.2ms NYC/Chicago route and is apparently just the beginning. They intend to complete the triangle with a similar NYC-DC offering and to extend their low latency offerings further within the deepest part of their footprint to places like Richmond and Wilmington.
Now, there aren't nearly as many opportunities to sell low latency services to financial exchanges on such routes, as they are not home to major trading houses or exchanges. What it means, therefore, is that Intellifiber is anticipating the low latency movement to spread beyond the financial sector where it has been all the rage for over a year now. Latency has of course always been a factor in other verticals, but its importance appears to be growing relative to other factors. Is latency going to play a greater role in federal contracts as well? Hmmm...
Intellifiber is also said to be on the market, as are a variety of other fiber assets in the region. Perhaps this effort also simply helps to showcase their longhaul assets, whereas we already know the market likes metro fiber assets right now.
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