Bell Canada has tapped FirstLight Fiber to help deploy new connectivity options between the Canadian hubs of Toronto and Montreal and the NY metro area, and more specifically Secaucus NJ. The three new routes will support speeds up to 400G, each terminating in Equinix’s Secaucus data center campus.
Two will come from Montreal, one on the direct route through Albany and another via ‘the Maritimes’. Presumably that means it goes through the province of New Brunswick and down through FirstLight’s Maine footprint. The third route originates in Toronto. Two of the routes bypass New York City itself entirely, while the Maritime route passes through Manhattan.
Bell is seeking to fortify its connectivity into US network infrastructure in response to growing demand. FirstLight is an obvious choice for Bell for this project, given the depth and breadth of its fiber options across the region. I’m sure they could have put together more than just three diverse routes if pressed. After their expansion southward into Pennsylvania, they aren’t so far from Ashburn either now.
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