Equinox starts offering dark fiber in Charlotte, begins Georgia route

Equinox Global Telecommunications, a privately-held competitive fiber provider, has begun taking dark fiber orders on its Charlotte, N.C., route while continuing to expand its network in Georgia.

In Georgia, it plans to begin construction on new network routes that will reach from Atlanta to Macon and Macon to Columbus. It expects the routes to be completed over the next two years.

The service provider said that these two network initiatives will fulfill the "need for higher bandwidth speeds in the business, education and government sectors."

Along these routes, Equinox will provide a number of services, including dark fiber, Gigabit Ethernet, wavelength services and cloud. It will also provide additional network maintenance and monitoring, NOC services and technical support and professional services including inside and outside plant design and installation.

Equinox's expansion could have a clear application with a number of carrier customers, including wireless operators such as Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ), which has cited interest in using dark fiber solutions for wireless backhaul.

Fran Shammo, CFO of Verizon, said during the Oppenheimer 16th Annual Technology, Internet & Communications Conference in Boston that they are considering dark fiber.

"We are looking at that as a possibility and we're going to RFP it and we'll see where we'll go with that," he said, adding that dark fiber is "more from a backhaul perspective versus than a Fiber to the Cell perspective because you need the backhaul capacity."  

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