Lightower Fiber Networks is making itself more valuable to Chicago-based businesses and carrier customers by building out new fiber rings throughout downtown Chicago and the surrounding communities of Oak Brook, Elk Grove and Franklin Park.
It's clear that the dark fiber market is on a rapid growth trajectory. FierceTelecom takes a look at five dark fiber providers coming of age in this special report.
Lightower Fiber Networks is making a big international service push via a new External-Network to Network Interconnection agreement with PCCW Global, a division of Hong Kong's HKT.
Lightower has put the finishing touches on a new 1,500-route mile network extension of its fiber network that has routes throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro region.
Fibertech Networks, a competitive fiber-centric provider serving businesses in the eastern and central United States, has added over 850 miles of fiber to its network in Connecticut, giving it over 3,500 of its own fiber route miles in the state. The provider's service reach has sparked some speculation as to whether it is an acquisition target as the market consolidates.
Lightower has completed its $2 billion merger with Sidera Networks, creating what the two providers claim will be one of the largest U.S.-based metro fiber providers.
FiberLight, a growing competitive fiber-centric service provider, announced that Michael Miller, the company's founder and CEO, is retiring.
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom interviews Lightower Fiber Networks CEO Rob Shanahan about the company's pending merger with competitive provider Sidera Networks.
Rob Shanahan, CEO and president of Lightower Fiber Networks, isn't afraid of transitions. The 25-year telecom industry veteran is now leading the company through a merger with fellow competitive provider Sidera Networks. Sean Buckley talks with Shanahan about the value the merger will create for Lightower's customer base.
Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm, on Thursday signed an agreement to acquire both Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks for $2 billion, creating a new service provider with a large on-net and metro fiber footprint.