Allied Fiber, the owner, builder, and operator of a network-neutral, dark-fiber cable system and DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. (NYSE:DFT), the owner, developer, and operator of specialized, secure, network-neutral wholesale data centers, have signed an agreement to connect Allied’s long-haul dark fiber system to DFT’s Piscataway, N.J., data center, known as NJ1.
With this build, which should be operational in Q4 2011, Allied Fiber’s system will be able to leverage DFT’s 3-Lateral Underground Duct Bank in Piscataway, offering a secure, reliable fiber entrance into NJ1. DFT’s 3-Lateral Underground Duct Bank supplies providers such as Allied Fiber with fast, secure, and diverse physical access to NJ1. Additionally, Allied Fiber’s network will provide a unique dark-fiber route from New Jersey directly to Chicago, bypassing the island of Manhattan.
“Allied Fiber’s carrier neutrality complements our network neutral approach to business,” states Hossein Fateh, president and CEO of DuPont Fabros Technology Inc. “This build-out will allow DFT customers, as well as metro and regional providers, to take advantage of Allied Fiber’s dark-fiber system.”
Allied Fiber is using advanced fiber-optic cables
in its multi-duct dark fiber system to meet the increasing bandwidth demands for wireless, Video over IP (VoIP), and other technologies. This dark-fiber system, which will unite communities along its route across the continental U.S., is being created to address America’s need for more broadband access, wireless backhaul, data center distribution, and lower-latency communications services, says a spokesperson.
“Allied Fiber looks forward to the opportunity to extend its long-haul, dark-fiber system
to DFT’s multi-tenant facility,” states Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “DFT’s NJ1 facility, which has attracted tenants from the financial and Internet industry, provides access to a suite of carrier-provided services, including both transit and transport, from regional and national carriers. DFT’s business model is complementary to Allied Fiber’s plan and this build will offer customers the ability to access much needed broadband infrastructure
within a highly reliable, carrier-neutral environment.”
In addition to this agreement, DFT has also become a member of Allied Fiber’s Dark Fiber Community
, an online resource with more than 100 members created in response to the rising demands for dark-fiber products and services.