Alpheus launches managed dark fiber service, targets local businesses

Screenshot of Alpheus' Texas fiber network.

Alpheus may be entering the dark fiber race, but the company is hoping to set itself from the pack by providing a managed dark fiber service for business customers. 

The service provider said that the Managed Dark Fiber Service is designed for large businesses that are looking for high-capacity metro bandwidth connection across two or more locations that don't want the burdens of a traditional fiber lease. 

Businesses have the option to leverage its fiber network expertise to implement a dark fiber network solution tailored to the individual business’ strategic growth goals. The company's engineers will design, manage and monitor the connection for each customer. 

This is unlike traditional dark fiber network implementations where a carrier or business has to spend “significant” upfront capital to purchase 20-30 year long-term indefeasible rights of use (IRUs), and ongoing expenses are incurred for network maintenance and management.

Besides managing and maintaining the fiber connection to each customer location, Alpheus will also take on the task of procuring necessary optical equipment, while also performing engineering, installation, testing and network activation. Additionally, Alpheus will provides all aspects of maintenance for the fiber network including sparing of parts and equipment, dispatch for fixes, and software upgrades.

Francisco Maella, Chief Operating Officer, Alpheus Communications, said that it has had a number of its business customers approach them about getting a dark fiber solution that can provide “reliable high-capacity bandwidth, but prefer to leverage Alpheus’ expertise to design, implement and manage their fiber infrastructure.”

Alpheus’ approach is a bit different than other offerings made by a host of upstart fiber providers like USA Fiber, Fatbeam, Cleareon and others that just sell the dark fiber piece and let the customer manage how they use it themselves.

Having built out a sizeable network in Texas’ desirable Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston (DASH) region, the service provider should be able to effectively address business customers that don’t want to deal with the challenges of managing their own fiber network.

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