MOX Networks has polished off another unique dark fiber network buildout, this time in the Pacific Northwest. It's just 25 route miles of fiber connecting a half dozen key data centers in Hillsboro back over to Portland, but provides an important diverse alternative to existing infrastructure. As a followup, MOX plans to build up to Seattle as well.
MOX's new route will provide both dark and lit services. The infrastructure market in Hillsboro continues to grow, as bandwidth and compute-hungry companies take advantage of the combination of the transpacific cable landings nearby and the wealth of power options available to them. But fiber connectivity options between the key nodes in the area have been rather more limited.
MOX basically just came out of stealth over the past winter when it revealed plans to complete a new dark fiber route between Columbus and Ashburn. We had MOX's Justin Melnikoff here for a spotlight back in March, where he not only discussed that buildout but also foreshadowed this exact project in the Pacific Northwest and discussed the types of projects the company is focused on. He didn't happen to give details on the next one though, but we'll keep an eye out to see where that might turn out to be.
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