Allied Fiber begins construction of U.S. nationwide dark fiber system

Allied Fiber, a provider of dark fiber capacity, is moving ahead with the build out of the first phase of its ambitious U.S.-based nationwide wholesale fiber network. Expected to be completed in Q4 2010, the first phase of Allied Fiber's network build, which will cost about $140 million, will link New York, Chicago and Ashburn, Va.  

To get the first phase of the network built, the service provider has established agreements with various financial partners and with several major railroads and right-of-way owners, including the Norfolk Southern Railway, to build out its dark fiber colocation and wireless tower system.

Providing a host of dark fiber, colocation and fiber-fed wireless tower facilities, Allied Fiber's network is set on serving a diverse audience, including submarine cabling systems, international and domestic wireline and wireless carriers, and even small independent service providers. Operating what it calls an "all-access, physical layer network," the first phase of the network build will provide a total of 548 dark fiber, 19 700-plus square feet colocation facilities and 300 tower sites integrated into one system.

"We created this system to address the numerous backhaul and capacity issues that exist in the marketplace today," said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber in a release. "We appreciate all of the insight and support we have received from the industry and look forward to delivering our network-neutral, dark fiber, colocation and wireless tower access services to all that need it."

Allied Fiber broadband map

For more:
- see the release here

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