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Wilcon Announces Integration of Freedom, IX2, and Wilshire Connection

March 19, 2014

Wilcon Announces Integration of Freedom, IX2, and Wilshire Connection

By Paula Bernier
Executive Editor, TMC

Wilcon announced its launch as a company at COMPTEL (News - Alert) three years ago. This week, it was back at the competitive service provider gathering announcing the completion of its integration of its three acquisitions – Freedom Telecommunications, IX2, and Wilshire Connection (News - Alert).

A West Coast provider of fiber optic network and data center infrastructure that sells dark fiber; managed private optical networks; data center facilities; interconnection services; Ethernet services ranging from 10mbps to 100mbps; wavelength services (1 to 100gbps); IP transport (including SLAs and flexible billing options); and technical services (24/7 staffed network operations center).

CEO Jon DeLuca, who previously ran FiberNet Telecom Group (News - Alert), explained that Freedom was a dark fiber provider (with 3,000 miles of fiber and 1,000 on-net locations in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas) that Wilcon bought last October.

IX2 is a data center business focused on 1 Wilshire. And Wilshire Connection is also a dark fiber outfit based in Los Angeles.

DeLuca and his team have spent the past 5 months integrating those three businesses, both from a product, and from a sales and market perspective. This week it announced the completion of that integration and unveiled the new brand identify and website under the Wilcon name.

This is important because it creates a larger player in the dark fiber space, and there are few providers of dark fiber, which sources indicate is a keen area of interest by many competitive service providers.

Wilcon delivers an average of 432 fiber strands per cable, so it’s well positioned both today and for the future, said DeLuca, adding that the company is more focused on the metro than some other dark fiber providers.

It does a lot of fiber-to-the-tower works, connects 55 data centers in Southern California, and this year aims to expand its data center efforts in 1 Wilshire and offer lit services in addition to dark fiber.

Among the customers of Wilcon are Amazon, Google, Netflix, Verizon (News - Alert) Wireless, and academic institutions including the University of Southern California. The more complex the needs of customers, the more Wilcon likes it, said DeLuca, adding that the company also emphasizes its professional services.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi
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