Lightpath’s plans for the Boston metro area continue to grow. The metro fiber provider has unveiled a 75-mile buildout to the west of the city, bringing their network to key suburban markets all the way out to the outer I-495 beltway.
The new ring will be built out in two phases. The first phase, to be completed later this year, will see them build out new high-fiber-count cable west through Newton to Needham, Natick, Framingham, Westborough, and Northborough. Then in 2023 they will complete the loop back through Marlborough, Weston, and Waltham. Data centers at 128 1st Ave in Needham and 34 St. Martin Drive will be hooked up along the way, and some 2000 businesses and organizations will be within range of the company’s services.
Lightpath entered Boston just last summer with a multi-pronged inorganic move. They expanded northwest from the city with 50 route miles as far as Lowell later in 2021 and opened a new office in Wakefield to start this year. A simple extrapolation of their plans would suggest the next organic expansion project might see them building south and southwest of the city. From there they will of course be working on depth.
Lightpath is jointly owned by Altice and Morgan Stanley, the latter of which bought a 49.99% stake during the prior winter.
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