Northeastern metro and regional fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks (news) is making a bigger play for the low latency market in the New York City/New Jersey metro area. The company has turned up an all-optical network linking 15 strategic locations together via unique point-to-point routes. They’ll be offering the resulting bandwidth to the financial vertical, of course.
Lightower was very active in the M&A market last year, buying Veroxity, Lexent Metro Connect, and Open Access while also taking over NSTAR’s remaining Boston capacity. But since January, they’ve been rather quiet – presumably busy integrating all those assets and building out more network in places like northern New Jersey as you can see in the map to the left.
They’ve also been rapidly adding buildings to their network, now claiming 2,700 across the northeast. That’s up 300 since I last collected data for my metro fiber provider and on-net building list in June – quite a rapid rate. I’ll be updating that list after Thanksgiving.
The facilities in this case are of course very familiar ones: three premier Manhattan carrier hotels (111 8th Ave, 60 Hudson, and 32 Ave of the Americas), Equinix’s NY4 at 755 Secaucus Ave, Newark’s 165 Halsey, Spread Networks’ endpoint at 1400 Federal Boulevard in Carteret, and 3 Corporate Place in Piscataway which I’m not too familiar with yet but is being developed by Digital Realty Trust I think.
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