New York City now has another dark fiber provider. Cleareon Fiber Networks has formally launched, rebranding itself from its stealth name of Phoenix Fiber Network as it takes its dense metro fiber footprint to the market.
Initially, Cleareon will be offering dark fiber connectivity in and between the four major hubs of 60 Hudson, 32 Ave of the Americas, 111 8th Ave, and 325 Hudson. Additional locations will be added in coming months, expanding into downtown Manhattan and across the Hudson into New Jersey.
Cleareon's dark fiber is built off of an existing core fiber asset, upon which the company is building. Offering dark fiber between the major hubs is 'table stakes' in New York, something you have to have before you go after the more unique opportunities. They'll be taking aim at enterprise opportunities and tower/small cell backhaul as they continue to expand.
New York City has been a hotbed of dark fiber startups over the past year or two, with both ZenFi and Axiom kicking off as well. The city's density mean it will likely be the first place we see things like 5G, C-RAN, and large scale small cell deployments, which many say that existing metro fiber footprints are ill equipped to handle. In addition, the regulatory hurdles that once made network construction in the city a hassle have in the last 5-10 years become much friendlier to new entrants, while industry consolidation has winnowed the field.
Cleareon is led by industry veterans Cliff Kane and Michael Collado, and is backed by both Taconic Investment Partners and Dubilier & Co.