Lightower lays new challenge to AT&T and Windstream with new Detroit fiber build

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Given the density of businesses present in the city, expanding into Detroit makes sense for Lightower.

Lightower Fiber Networks has expanded its fiber network presence in the greater Detroit market, laying a challenge to AT&T and Windstream.

As part of this expansion, the company is opening a new office located at 755 West Big Beaver Road, in Troy, which will support its network of over 1,200 route miles of fiber and over 100 on-net buildings throughout the region.

Given the density of businesses present in the city, expanding into Detroit makes sense for Lightower.

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The Detroit Metro has over 300,000 businesses, including eleven Fortune 500 companies present, all of which could be potential targets for Lightower’s services.

“This latest investment in Michigan by Lightower is simply a result of the overall demand we are seeing from companies here that need high-performance networking infrastructure,” said Doug Dalissandro, chief revenue officer for Lightower Fiber Networks, in a release. “Greater Detroit is quickly becoming a technology-centric market where fiber networking is being used to accelerate the operations of old and new industries alike.”

What Lightower can also bring to the Detroit market is its broader network capabilities for larger multisite businesses.

Outside of Detroit, Lightower provides connectivity to over 22,000 service locations across 17 states, including more than 275 data centers, 500 telco hotels and central offices, 40 financial exchanges, plus major cloud providers.

The service provider is hardly alone in trying to deepen its fiber footprint in Detroit, however. Windstream, for one, just announced it was expanding its metro fiber network in the city as part of its broader campaign to connect more data centers and commercial buildings to the service provider’s national backbone.