In Southern California, Wilcon is doubling down with Ciena’s gear to upgrade and expand its metro Ethernet capabilities. LightRiver is helping them design and deploy Ciena’s programmable 8700 Packetwave platform. Wilcon first lit its dark fiber some 18 months ago, also with the help of LightRiver and Ciena of course.
Up in the Big Apple, the recently launched Cleareon Fiber Networks is adding another key node to its network. They have expanded their list of PoPs to include one in Digital Realty’s 111 8th Avenue location. Cleareon launched in February with plans to extend into all the key hubs in the city, so we’ll be hearing similar announcements over the next few months.
Lightpath has been busy across the river in New Jersey and down along the coast. They haveextended their network down to the New Jersey Fiber Exchange, the new data center down in Wall that will be opening this September. That’s alongside the Tata cable landing station where several existing and future cables stretch off to both Europe and South America.
And out in the Midwest, Neutral Path Communications has polished off a new fiber route. They have built a high count, low loss fiber path from Minneapolis’s 511 Building to the company’s data center in Mankato, 80 miles to the southwest. Neutral Path has a 1,300 mile fiber backbone stretching from Minneapolis through down to Omaha and over to Denver.
by Rob Powell
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