Quantum Loophole begins QLoop fiber network deployment

Aug. 2, 2022
The 43-mile fiber ring will accommodate more than 200,000 strands of fiber and offer roundtrip connectivity of under 0.5 msec.

Quantum Loophole Inc. says it has begun construction of the QLoop network that will connect its Quantum Fredrick data center campus in Frederick, MD, currently under construction, with the Ashburn, VA, data center ecosystem. The 43-mile fiber ring will accommodate more than 200,000 strands of fiber and offer roundtrip connectivity of under 0.5 msec.

The company says that QLoop will comprise more than 30 HDPE conduits, each 2 inches in diameter, that will be buried deeper than common security procedures prescribe. The conduit capacity will enable a “dig once” approach, enabling significant quantities of fiber to be added to the network without the need for further digging, Quantum Loophole asserts. The initial fiber availability per-conduit will be 3,456 strands; the systemwide bend radius is designed to accommodate 6,912 fibers in each conduit.

The loop route between the Fredrick campus and Ashburn will cross the Potomac River twice; the necessary government permits for these crossings have been acquired, according to Quantum Loophole. On campus, QLoop will connect with a pair of network centers, each equipped with Telescent robotic crossconnects. The crossconnects will be able to process millions of cross connections to keep the tenants of the campus connected to the QLoop network, Quamtum Loophole says.

“We are building the largest medium-haul fiber backbone that’s ever been created,” says Josh Snowhorn, founder and CEO of Quantum Loophole. “And we are bolstering that with some pretty amazing cross-connect capabilities. Each property will have access to conduits and thousands of strands of fiber directly into the QLoop system to enable seamless, private and secure connectivity for all of our campus-wide customers.”

The company is accepting pre-orders for conduit, custom fiber deployments, and access to QLoop.

For related articles, visit the Data Center Topic Center.

For more information on high-speed transmission systems and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

To stay abreast of fiber network deployments, subscribe to Lightwave’s Service Providers and Datacom/Data Center newsletters.

About the Author

Stephen Hardy | Editorial Director and Associate Publisher, Lightwave

Stephen Hardy is editorial director and associate publisher of Lightwave and Broadband Technology Report, part of the Lighting & Technology Group at Endeavor Business Media. Stephen is responsible for establishing and executing editorial strategy across the both brands’ websites, email newsletters, events, and other information products. He has covered the fiber-optics space for more than 20 years, and communications and technology for more than 35 years. During his tenure, Lightwave has received awards from Folio: and the American Society of Business Press Editors (ASBPE) for editorial excellence. Prior to joining Lightwave in 1997, Stephen worked for Telecommunications magazine and the Journal of Electronic Defense.

Stephen has moderated panels at numerous events, including the Optica Executive Forum, ECOC, and SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. He also is program director for the Lightwave Innovation Reviews and the Diamond Technology Reviews.

He has written numerous articles in all aspects of optical communications and fiber-optic networks, including fiber to the home (FTTH), PON, optical components, DWDM, fiber cables, packet optical transport, optical transceivers, lasers, fiber optic testing, and more.

You can connect with Stephen on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.

Sponsored Recommendations

New Optical Wavelength Service Trends

July 1, 2024
Discover how optical wavelength services are reshaping the telecom landscape, driven by rapid expansion and adoption of high-speed connections exceeding 100 Gbps, championed by...

Supporting 5G with Fiber

April 12, 2023
Network operators continue their 5G coverage expansion – which means they also continue to roll out fiber to support such initiatives. The articles in this Lightwave On ...

Data Center Interconnection

June 18, 2024
Join us for an interactive discussion on the growing data center interconnection market. Learn about the role of coherent pluggable optics, new connectivity technologies, and ...

The Pluggable Transceiver Revolution

May 30, 2024
Discover the revolution of pluggable transceivers in our upcoming webinar, where we delve into the advancements propelling 400G and 800G coherent optics. Learn how these innovations...