A recent article in the Baltimore Sun highlighted the growth from the perspective of Georgia-based metro Ethernet provider FiberLight (News - Alert), which late last year promised to unveil a network “that can connect commercial customers in downtown Baltimore and several southern suburbs to points in Washington and Northern Virginia.”
It’s “a huge, growing market for us," said Judd Carothers, the company's executive vice president of network operations, engineering and construction.
At the time of the announcement last November, FiberLight officials also said they would spend $20 million to build the network, slated to run 104 miles “from downtown and western parts of Baltimore south through Columbia, Laurel and Greenbelt, where it ties into the company's existing Washington and Northern Virginia telecommunication networks.”
Last month, TMCnet reported that the company completed a new 3.5 mile, 432-count underground network through Miami's Financial District.
The robust network provides user access to FiberLight's full LightSource product portfolio, which is available to building locations from the Miami River to 15th Street and along both sides of Brickell Avenue (U.S. Route 1) as well as Brickell Bay Drive.
“We are making the investment in the financial district to offer ultra secure routes to support financial transactions today. In addition, companies interested in building private networks will be able to do so without making the significant capital investment in network architecture that would otherwise be required,” executive vice president of Network Operations, Judd Carothers, explained in a statement, at the time.
“In the world of finance, network downtime can equate to millions of dollars in lost revenue. FiberLight offers a reliable product with up to 100 percent uptime guaranteed, full ILEC diversity, low latency, and the transport speed that only fiber-optic networks can deliver,” FiberLight executive vice president of sales and marketing, Ben Edmond, noted in a statement.
The Maryland, Washington and Northern Virginia market is FiberLight's largest in the country, the Sun reported, “ahead of Houston and Dallas, Atlanta and South Florida.”
FiberLight sells services and access to its network to other major telecommunications and cable companies, as well as to hospitals, universities and other large firms and institutions.
David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.
Edited by Tammy Wolf