In another move that takes the company beyond its more familiar territories in and around New York City, Lightpath has unveiled an enhanced long-haul network. They are now offering waves and Ethernet between eight major US cities in addition to their core metro capabilities.
Lightpath’s longhaul network connects up their three markets of New York Boston, and Miami of course, but also touches Philadelphia, Ashburn, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas. That’s not a full national footprint yet, but it’s getting there. They didn’t mention the lease of dark fiber or a chunk of spectrum, but as they are offering waves up to 100G on this infrastructure they seem likely have done something in that direction.
But that’s not to say that Lightpath is looking to take on the wholesale intercity bandwidth space as a whole. Rather, Lightpath is looking to add these capabilities to its existing portfolio for those clients who need them. In the last couple years, Lightpath has moved into both Boston and Miami in force, and increasingly has customers it is working with in more than one market who have those intercity needs.
Lightpath also seems to be looking for additional metro areas in which to reproduce its success. This longhaul network may define the bounds of the territory in which they are likely to make that next move, although not specifically those 5 longhaul endpoints perhaps.
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That seems like already highly competitive routes.