XO Communications increases fiber footprint in Salt Lake City area

XO Communications (XO) it has connected almost 100 office buildings in Salt Lake City, UT, to its fiber-optic network. The connections, the result of a nearly $5 million investment in the area, will enable XO to serve more than 800 businesses in more than 300 multi-tenant buildings and facilities in the Salt Lake market.

XO Communications (XO) it has connected almost 100 office buildings in Salt Lake City, UT, to its fiber-optic network. The connections, the result of a nearly $5 million investment in the area, will enable XO to serve more than 800 businesses in more than 300 multi-tenant buildings and facilities in the Salt Lake market.

"Businesses accessing the XO high-speed national network through a direct, fiber-optic connection benefit because end-to-end services are monitored and managed by a single provider," said Chris Ancell, CEO of XO Communications. "As a result, customers can receive services quickly and they can easily scale their communications services to adapt to changing business requirements. Moreover, building managers benefit from our direct fiber connections because, as an alternative service provider, XO helps attract and retain tenants that require high-speed connectivity over one of the nation's most advanced business networks."

The Salt Lake City roll out is part of an overall expansion plan XO announced in April 2014 (see "XO Communications plans fiber network expansion"). The service provider says it subsequently has completed fiber-optic network construction projects that have added nearly 550 enterprise buildings in 25 regional markets. In addition to Salt Lake City, XO says it has added buildings in Boston; New York City; the Washington, DC, area; Atlanta; Houston; Dallas; Chicago; Denver; Southern California; San Francisco; the Pacific Northwest; and other urban areas.

"Our strategy is to focus on expanding our network where customers have the greatest need. Through 2016, XO plans to continue to strategically add direct fiber connections to certain buildings that are within proximity of the XO high density fiber and Ethernet network," concluded Ancell.

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