CityNet to deploy fiber optic network in Dallas with SAM

Oct. 17, 2001
Oct. 17, 2001--CityNet Telecommunications, Inc., a builder of last-mile broadband infrastructure, formally launched a plan with the City of Dallas to deploy a high-speed fiber optic network through the city's sewer system.

CityNet Telecommunications, Inc., a builder of last-mile broadband infrastructure, formally launched a plan with the City of Dallas to deploy a high-speed fiber optic network through the city's sewer system. Dallas is the ninth city to sign with CityNet in nine months.

The agreement, approved by the Dallas City Council, allows CityNet to deploy its robotic technology and construct a fiber optic network through the city's sewer system, to connect dozens of buildings, and businesses in those buildings, simultaneously to the high-speed metro fiber ring that typically circles around the city. The result will be fiber optic broadband services for Dallas businesses and residents.

CityNet's non-invasive deployment method allows the city to make use of its subterranean infrastructure and turn a typically costly system into one designed to generate new revenue. CityNet pays the city a percentage of revenue generated once it leases its fiber network to telecom carriers and broadband service providers.

CityNet's deployment process avoids traditional trenching and the resulting damage to Dallas streets and sidewalks, is urban eco-friendly and, due to nighttime deployment, doesn't disrupt traffic.

CityNet currently is negotiating similar agreements with other cities in the U.S. and Europe. The company has recently completed a last-mile fiber optic network in the City of Albuquerque, connecting 21 high-rise buildings that house approximately 1000 commercial businesses. CityNet crews are also in the process of deploying networks in Indianapolis and Omaha.

Silver Spring, MD-based CityNet uses robotic technology to install fiber optic cable through existing sewer lines directly into buildings, bridging the so-called "last mile." The last-mile gap is the distance separating individual buildings from the larger "beltway" of fiber optic networks that circle around and through cities. By building the last, key part of the fiber optic transmission infrastructure, CityNet helps carriers and network service providers meet demand for bandwidth and speed in high-density metro areas.

As a wholesale, carrier's-carrier, CityNet installs its fiber optic networks and then leases them to telecommunications carriers, Internet and broadband network service providers on a long-term basis. CityNet has a strategic technology partnership with Plano, Texas-based Alcatel, a fiber optics, telecommunications and networking company, which provides CityNet with the fiber cables, conduit, and other connectivity solutions for the sewer environment. CityNet's engineering and construction partner is the Fort Worth, Texas firm of Carter & Burgess, a premier design, engineering, and construction firm with over 33 offices across the U.S.

About CityNet Telecommunications, Inc.:

CityNet Telecommunications is a broadband infrastructure company and a builder of last-mile fiber optic networks. For more information, visit www.citynettelecom.com.

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