FiberLight reaches halfway point on fiber project

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 -- FiberLight LLC says it has completed 50% of a project to link its greater Washington, DC, metro fiber network to the NAP of the Capital Region, Terremark Worldwide facility.

FEBRUARY 19, 2009 -- FiberLight LLC (search Lightwaev for FiberLight) says it has completed 50% of a project to link its greater Washington, DC, metro fiber network to the NAP of the Capital Region, Terremark Worldwide facility. When complete, the 130-mile fiber-optic network will connect Culpeper, VA, with 300 miles of fiber connecting Baltimore, Washington, DC, and northern Virginia that FiberLight owns. The service provider says the link will enable it to offer a full suite of metro optical transport services, including metro Ethernet, wavelengths, SONET, and dark fiber.

"We have crews working simultaneously in Haymarket, Gainesville, Warrenton, Culpeper, and Manassas to connect Terremark by mid spring," FiberLight Chief Development Officer Ron Kormos said. "Many companies have signed up already to gain connectivity on the new network, which will differentiate itself from the choices available today. This network is 100% underground and is designed for ultra-low latency and high capacity services. The benefit is enhanced by our path past key data centers and high bandwidth points from commercial, government, and wholesale customers."

Fifty Team Fishel workers are boring through rock in teams to connect the high-count, high-capacity fiber to Terremark by spring. The enhanced singlemode fiber-optic cable is being made to FiberLight's specifications, including zero water peak and a 40-year life expectancy, officials said.

"Because the project is 100% below ground, it's protected from ice storms, it's aesthetically pleasing, and it reduces restoration time," said Randy Blair, Team Fishel executive vice president and chief operating officer.

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