Two fiber builders and operators have not only found a common regional cause in the New York metropolitan area, but have done something about it. New York City-based ZenFi and New Jersey-based Cross River Fiber have partnered on a new joint online platform.
The zXc platform initially offers pre-provisioned, on-demand dark fiber and 1G/10G lit connections between 28 major facilities on both sides of the Hudson River, leveraging the assets of each company. The two companies will be adding additional endpoints in response to customer demand.
Cross River Fiber has spent the last several years building out new metro fiber routes across northern New Jersey, while ZenFi has launched brand new infrastructure in Manhattan aimed at nextgen wireless backhaul opportunities. Each company is led by management teams with long history in its respective geography — ZenFi CEO Ray LaChance formerly ran Lexent Metro Connect which was bought by Lightower, while Cross River Fiber CEO Vincenzo Clemente ran 4Connections which was purchased by Lightpath.
Working together is a very natural move for both, enabling them to address opportunities across the region while continuing to focus on their own turf. Using modern automation to streamline the ordering process lets them compete directly with other providers with more extensive coverage on both sides of the river. In addition to a common ordering platform, they are offering month-to-month options and service delivery within 15 days.
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