Northeastern regional and metro fiber operator Lightower Fiber Networks (news) has deployed 100G gear and is offering the resulting wavelengths to customers across its footprint. That’s the first New England intercity deployment of 100G I have seen, or at least I assume the primary focus is the NYC-Boston route from various endpoints in each city.
They’re using Ciena’s coherent optical technology, which is no surprise as the two have been working together for a long time. Actually, Lightower was dabbling in 100G over two years ago, when it tested early versions of the technology with Nortel between Boston and New York. Ciena bought Nortel’s MEN division a few months later.
Lightower was very acquisitive in 2010, but was relatively quiet in 2011 as it integrated those assets and grew organically. It seems likely that they are ready for another inorganic spurt this year, provided there are suitable targets out there.
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