Hibernia Networks said this morning that it has completed a significant network expansion project in the northeastern US. They've added new dark fiber on six new longhaul routes and lit it with Ciena's 6500 packet-optical gear.
The upgraded connectivity gives Hibernia diverse routing and lower latency from New York City to Albany, Chicago, Buffalo, Ashburn, and Boston. Basically, it takes their longstanding northeastern fiber footprint and gives it some new muscles. And with Ciena's latest gear lighting it all, they have 100G now and an easy path to more later.
Hibernia's transformation over the last decade has been fascinating to watch. Starting with the simple transatlantic cable system that emerged from the dot com crash, they slowly became a more general and global network operator with terrestrial fiber assets across two continents, penetrated the financial vertical, and developed a video/media transport vertical via some strategic M&A, then added an IP network and a CDN. Now they are almost ready to come full circle this summer with the first new transatlantic cable since the crash.