FiberLight begins work on 3,000 mile fiber network in western Texas

FiberLight is taking out the backhoe to lay over 3,000 miles of a new metro and regional fiber network serving western Texas.

Set to be interconnected with its existing regional Texas long haul network and its metro networks in Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, the new network will connect San Angelo, Odessa, Midland, Abilene, Lubbock and Amarillo. In addition, the expansion will include a 250-route mile expansion of its existing Dallas metro fiber network.

The Texas fiber network expansion is part of a series of buildouts that FiberLight has taken in various markets over the past two years, including Baltimore, Charlottesville, Va., and Miami.

Not surprisingly, the focus of the network will be on delivering Ethernet-based services to businesses and serving area wireless operators with an alternative source of wireless backhaul.

Ron Kormos, FiberLight's Chief Development Officer, said the initial project "will connect over 275 wireless towers and over 100 buildings."

Wireless backhaul has become one of the clear revenue growth engines for the service provider, having presence in not only in Clearwire's wireless backhaul network and other large wireless players.

While wireless backhaul is clearly a major growth driver, the network is being built in a multipurpose manner that can serve other opportunities that lay along the path to that tower, including traditional businesses that require higher bandwidth facilities.     

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