FiberLight constructs new 100-mile network in the Baltimore/DC market

FiberLight LLC, an optical networking provider, is constructing a new 100-mile, diverse network linking Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

JANUARY 27, 2010 -- FiberLight LLC, an optical networking provider, is constructing a new 100-mile, diverse network linking Baltimore to Washington, D.C.

The new network will augment FiberLight’s existing 123-mile Baltimore network, and 299-mile Virginia and D.C. networks by extending the optical backbone past the downtown business district. It will connect to the cities of Laurel, Columbia, Elkridge, and Greenbelt, while providing greater diversity to the MD/D.C./VA region. Optical services clients can access dedicated connectivity to major IP peering points, data centers, and carrier hotels located in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia at speeds up to 10 Gig.

“Baltimore is the gateway to the Northeast and a key market for FiberLight. We saw the need to build more capacity into Baltimore and Southern Maryland to address the growing demand of government and enterprise client applications such as data replication, SAN and Telepresence,” explains Ron Kormos, FiberLight’s EVP of operations and engineering. “The 100-mile extension of our footprint will better position us to offer scalable network solutions to offset the costs of these client applications and serve additional growth in the MD/D.C./VA corridor. Clients will receive the added benefit of greater access to government facilities, carrier POPs, enterprise buildings and data centers along the route, as well as more connectivity options with our extensive metro networks in D.C. and Virginia.”

Recovery Point, a FiberLight customer and integrated data protection services company based in Gaithersburg, Md., plans to secure fiber on the new network in order to expand its presence in the Baltimore market and implement additional route diversity, Recovery Point CEO Marc Langer says. Recovery Point has dark fiber connecting its facilities to the two major Mid-Atlantic carrier POPs and has secured two 10 Gig circuits from FiberLight to connect one of its customers to its Baltimore network.

“Our customers demand a network that offers low latency and 99.999 percent reliability, and FiberLight delivers the full range of high performance network solutions we require, from lit services to dark fiber,” Langer says. “We are looking forward to being on the ground floor of the new network opportunity as it will offer our customers greater redundancy, which is a must for mission-critical information and business continuity. Additionally, our customers have expressed interest in connecting to growing business districts in and around the greater Baltimore area, so this newest network offering should be a good fit.”

The new Baltimore network is part of FiberLight’s overall growth strategy for the Northeast, which includes the recent completion of a $30 million 132-mile route extending from FiberLight’s Washington, D.C. network to Culpeper, Va.

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