Optical Communications Group (OCG) has announced that the fully fiber optic network is available to support voice and data services for customers in lower Manhattan.
Nearly 5,000 telephone lines have already been reserved by the company’s voice carrier partners. Company officials said that these lines are reserved for businesses, enterprises and property owners requiring immediate service downtown.
In order to implement these services, OCG said that it’s installing salt water-resistant fiber optic cables throughout lower Manhattan. Salt water destroyed a large portion of the copper cables in downtown Manhattan during the storm and the advanced cables use the latest technology to add reliability back to the area.
The affected copper cables serviced the main part of New York City’s local loop telecommunication network. Company officials said that the local loop is the critical connection from the customer to the switching station and the substantial damage has left many customers without connectivity.
“Simply put, those businesses still without telephone or Internet services should not count on restoration from their existing service provider any time soon,” said Brad Ickes, president at OCG, adding that local providers in lower Manhattan have experienced such extensive damage to their copper cables that replacement services are the only solution.
Thanks to fiber optic cables, networks are restored quickly and are back online in a fast and efficient way. Company officials said that once their fiber optic cable is pulled into a building, the company can provide immediate connectivity to dozens of carriers or service providers.
OCG is a privately-held fiber optic connectivity provider with networks that reach across New York's five boroughs and neighboring New Jersey shorelines.
Earlier in November, the company announced that it is providing emergency restoration of fiber optic services to 75 Broad Street in New York City.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman