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December 06, 2010

Allie Fiber Agrees to Complete First Phase of Dark Fiber Network

By Sujata Garud
TMCnet Contributor

Allied Fiber has entered into financing arrangements with financial partners, including affiliates of Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC and ABRY Partners, LLC, to complete funding for phase one of its new, network-neutral, high-count dark fiber, colocation and a wireless tower integrated system. The first phase linking New York City, Chicago and Ashburn, Va., is already under construction and is expected to be complete by May 2011.

In a press release, Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber (News - Alert), said, “We created this system to address the numerous backhaul and capacity issues that exist in the industry today. We appreciate all of the insight and support we have received from the industry and look forward to delivering our network-neutral, dark fiber, colocation and wireless tower access services to all that need it.”

Rory Cutaia, executive chairman of Allied Fiber, said, “We have assembled a highly talented team of seasoned professionals to create an extraordinary plan to update the fiber optic infrastructure in America. The plan has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the industry. With determination and persistence, our team is executing the plan.”

Allied Fiber is addressing the needs for increasing national broadband demand by providing much needed access to new dark fiber, colocation facilities and fiber-fed wireless towers on a network-neutral, open-access basis throughout the United States. The user community for these physical-layer services ranges from and includes submarine cable systems, large international and domestic wireline and wireless carriers and network operators to small rural carriers, cooperatives, cable television companies and data center operators.

The company has implemented a new, multi-duct design for intermediate access to the long-haul fiber duct through a parallel short-haul fiber duct all along the route. This enables all points between the major cities, including data centers, wireless towers and rural networks, to gain access to the dark fiber. In addition, the Allied Fiber neutral colocation facilities, located approximately every 60 miles along the route, accommodate and encourage a multi-tenant interconnection environment integrated with fiber that does not yet exist in the United States on this scale. The Company is currently accepting customer agreements for fiber and colocation throughout the network, and will continue to offer pre-construction pricing until the fiber jetting process begins.

Recently, Allied Fiber was in news when INOC and global provider of outsourced NOC (News - Alert) monitoring joined Allied Fiber’s dark fiber community. The dark fiber community is an online vendor directory that mirrors the fiber eco-system with participants ranging from fiber technology and equipment manufacturers to infrastructure providers and service vendors. 

Sujata Garud is a TMCnet freelancer with three years of writing/editing experience and two years of market research experience. As an editor she has covered the IT, electronics, banking, pharma, construction, mining and healthcare industries. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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