Fiber-optic network services provider FiberLight, LLC says it has completed construction of its Texas Connector fiber network. The new infrastructure links the company's western fiber-optic networks with its Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston (DASH) fiber cable footprint. FiberLight can now operate a single 10,000-mile network in the state through which it will offer for low-latency connectivity through diversely constructed routes.
"Completion of FiberLight's Texas Connector allows us to move traffic across the state on our own network, built and maintained by FiberLight," says Wayne Wooley, senior vice president of construction for FiberLight. "The Texas Connector ties all the major regional markets together with smaller, rural communities. This unique footprint allows us to enable cellular backhaul network expansion and educational and healthcare campus connectivity projects, in addition to providing enterprise customers with the necessary connectivity with reliable bandwidth scalability to grow their business." The company also expects the united fiber network will appeal to international carriers and other companies interested in beefing up their data-supported business operations in the U.S.
The Texas Connector project saw the construction of colocation huts at what FiberLight considers key locations to provide equipment space for FiberLight's dark fiber customers. The service provider expects to complete switching hardware installations in the remaining sites and perform test and turn-up of 100-Gbps transport across all spans in the near future.
Overall, FiberLight owns and manages more than 1.9 million fiber miles in over 44 metro areas across the United States (see, for example, "FiberLight expands fiber-optic network to improve DC and Ashburn, VA connectivity"). It also maintains more 26,000 backbone access points, 2,000 on-net locations, and a presence in 140 data centers. The company recently sold its South Florida routes to Atlantic Broadband (see "Atlantic Broadband acquires FiberLight’s South Florida network to expand fiber-optic footprint").
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