Southern California has some new 100G metro connectivity today. Wilcon has taken the next step forward in its evolution, lighting its dark fiber network and introducing scalable Ethernet, wavelength, and internet access services.
Starting with a few high fiber count loop between key data centers downtown, Wilcon acquired Freedom Dark Fiber Networks last year, giving it a 3,000 route mile fiber footprint stretching throughout Los Angeles and the surrounding region and down into San Diego with connectivity into 1,000 locations. But it was a dark fiber asset, and over the past year they’ve been closing loops and building the necessary back-office systems to light it.
Helping out with the project were Ciena, whose gear is doing the heavy lifting, and LightRiver, who helped design and deploy it all. Wilcon’s network has the advantage of being an entirely greenfield build-out of lit services, having literally no historical baggage. So they’ll be able to take advantage of the latest and greatest technologies from the start and at lower cost than most.
Of course, they’ll also be starting from scratch when it comes to revenue, so next year will be a busy one of sales and provisioning — assuming all goes as planned. The southern California market has a different mix of verticals, with the media and entertainment business taking a prominent role as opposed to finance, for example. But bits are bits, and fiber is fiber.
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