fonorola Inc. (Montreal) will expand its U.S. fiber-optic footprint by more than 10,500 route-km

July 1, 1998

fonorola Inc. (Montreal) will expand its U.S. fiber-optic footprint by more than 10,500 route-km through four new agreements. From Williams Network (Tulsa, OK), fonorola acquired fiber routes connecting Washington, DC, to Dallas, TX, through Atlanta, GA, and Houston, TX; and a route from Atlanta to Miami, FL. Williams, in exchange, acquired excess fiber on fonorola`s Minneapolis, MN-to-Detroit, MI, route. fonorola also acquired fiber currently under construction from Boston through New York City to Washington, DC, in a second agreement with a US-based communications carrier whose identity the Canadian company declined to reveal. A third deal covers a fiber exchange with ftv Communications llc that will provide fonorola a route from Portland, OR, to Los Angeles, CA, through Salt Lake City, UT, and Las Vegas, NV, in exchange for a portion of its Seattle, WA-to-Portland route. Lastly, fonorola will swap excess fiber between Vancouver and Minneapolis for fiber-optic strands supplied by Ledcor Industries Ltd. (Vancouver, BC, Canada) from Portland to Los Angeles via Oakland and San Francisco, CA. With these agreements, fonorola now owns or will acquire more than 23,000 km of fiber-optic network in Canada and the United States.

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