Spread Networks (news) isn't just talking low latency in the long haul, today they made a move on the metro. The company has trenched a new route between its longhaul endpoint in Carteret and the NY4 facility of Equinix (NASDAQ:EQIX, news, filings), claiming the fastest path between Carteret and Secaucus. The new Low Latency Metropolitan Dark Fiber Network name suggests that they are not done, and that there is more metro trenching in their future. I suspect though that this is limited to connecting up more key datacenters to the endpoints of their flagship longhaul route, as opposed to a more general metro buildout. You know, spokes moreso than rings.
Spread Networks made a big splash in the summer of 2010 when it unveiled a brand new low latency route between Chicago and New York, a project with only the financial community in mind from the beginning. But that tight focus apparently does not mean they will cede the dollars they can make in the metro to the many metro fiber specialists in the New York and Chicago metro areas.
One wonders though what Spread Networks will do when they're done staking out this particular turf. Will they sit back and just enjoy it? Or will they take that low latency construction expertise to new markets someday? Perhaps their fiber would go well with a matching transatlantic cable someday? Hmmm....
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