Wilcon expands with Freedom Dark Fiber Networks acquisition

Wilcon, a west coast provider of fiber-optic and data-center infrastructure, says it has entered into an agreement to acquire Freedom Dark Fiber Networks, a dark fiber provider in southern California.

Aug 14th, 2013

Wilcon, a west coast provider of fiber-optic and data-center infrastructure, says it has entered into an agreement to acquire Freedom Dark Fiber Networks, a dark fiber provider in Southern California.

The combined company will constitute one of the largest privately held fiber-optic networks in southern California. Through the acquisition, Wilcon will grow its fiber footprint by nearly 3000 additional route miles, providing access to nearly 1000 additional enterprise buildings, wireless communications sites, data centers, and Internet hubs. The new customer-centric network will provide a powerful value proposition to the region's major industries by giving them access to connectivity into strategic submarkets not otherwise served by competitive providers, the company claims.

Connecting from Bakersfield to San Diego, with dense metro fiber cable footprints in Los Angeles, Burbank, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Woodland Hills, Thousand Oaks, Santa Clarita, Long Beach, Irvine, Riverside, Carlsbad, and San Diego, the joint network will offer diverse routes throughout the region to provide customers with high-capacity services that ensure optimal performance for their mission-critical data traffic and applications.

Wilcon CEO Jon DeLuca says, "By combining Wilcon's robust network capabilities with the tremendous reach and abundant capacity of the Freedom network, we can deliver even better custom solutions with unparalleled fiber access."

"California is equivalent to the world's 12th largest economy,” adds Freedom Dark Fiber Networks CEO Dave Daigle. “Our market is the epicenter of the global media and entertainment industries, home to major biomedical and higher education research centers, the largest manufacturing center in the U.S., and the primary hub of international telecom and trade traffic going to the Asia-Pacific region. The collective capabilities of our organizations offer compelling customer solutions in this dynamic region."

As a result of the transaction, Freedom Dark Fiber Networks will be renamed Freedom Telecommunications. The combined company will offer a broad range of services, including dark fiber, Ethernet services, and managed optical wavelengths.

The acquisition is backed by Pamlico Capital, which also led Wilcon's acquisition in 2012 of IX2, a data-center and interconnection provider in downtown Los Angeles.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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