Allied Fiber secures funding for first phase of dark fiber network

Allied Fiber has secured funding arrangements for the first phase of its ambitious nationwide, carrier neutral dark fiber network that's designed to provide wholesale services to both wireline and wireless vendors.

Under the first phase of the buildout, Allied Fiber has garnered agreements with affiliates of Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC and ABRY Partners, LLC. The construction of the first phase of the network, which includes the construction of 1,300 route miles linking New York City, Chicago and Ashburn, Va., is already underway and is expected to be complete by May 2011.

While it's still early on in the build out phase, Allied Fiber believes data center providers are expressing a lot of interest in its network.

The service provider is meeting the data center demand in two ways.

By leveraging a multi-duct design that provides intermediate access to the long-haul fiber duct through a parallel short-haul fiber duct along the fiber route, Allied Fiber will enable all points between the major cities, including data centers, wireless towers and even rural providers, to get access to the dark fiber. Then, Allied Fiber's neutral colocation facilities, which are located about every 60 miles along the route, will be able to support a multi-tenant interconnection environment integrated with fiber.

Already, Allied Fiber is seeing healthy demand for its network services and is accepting agreements for fiber and colocation.

"All our duct and colocation construction projects are progressing quickly and we will be ready to start the fiber manufacturing and jetting process within several weeks," said Jason Cohen, Allied Fiber President & COO in a release. "We are also working with our customers to finalize their fiber requirements, enabling them to take advantage of pre-construction pricing now available."

For more:
- see the release

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