ByteGrid establishes dark fiber connection with USA Fiber

USA Fiber has established an agreement with ByteGrid to create a dark fiber link between its Silver Spring, Md., data center to the growing Ashburn, Va., market, helping the data center provider reduce latency between its cloud platforms.

This agreement is an important step to USA Fiber as it enables the provider to immediately gain access to a new set of dark fiber customers.

Through this agreement, USA Fiber will offer ByteGrid's customers dark fiber solutions. ByteGrid's enterprise, government and service provider customers can connect to USA Fiber's network, which will offer low latency connections to Ashburn, including access to all key data centers and cloud platforms such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and hundreds of other platforms in the area.

What is enabling USA Fiber to deliver low latency routes to ByteGrid and other data center providers is its network buildout approach.

When it completes the dark fiber platform that will cross the Potomac River at an unnamed right of way easement between Virginia and Maryland, USA Fiber will be able to reduce network latency on data traffic coming out of Ashburn that's destined for destinations in Maryland and northward.

Judd Carothers, president of USA Fiber, said in a release that the service provider has built an all-underground fiber network that leverages "unique rights-of-way under the Potomac River that is both 100% underground and bypasses Washington DC, where the other routes currently connect through."

Customers that have facilities at the Ashburn data center will be allowed to access this route, including a number of key Tier 1 telco and data center providers such as Equinix, Digital Realty, AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Dupont Fabros.

ByteGrid itself has been growing its data center presence. The provider currently delivers services from nine data centers in seven geographically dispersed markets encompassing more than 750,000 square feet of multi-tenant colocation data center space.

For more:
- see the release

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