FirstLight Fiber wraps its G4 Communications acquisition

FirstLight has put the finishing touches on its acquisition of all of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications' assets, including its entire customer base and its Manchester, N.H.-based data center.

Similar to its earlier acquisitions, the G4 acquisition is about scaling FirstLight's network reach, including data centers. By acquiring G4, FirsLight now operates five data center facilities (three facilities located in New Hampshire, one in Vermont and one in New York).

"It's an important acquisition that expands our network density in Southern New Hampshire," said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight, in an interview with FierceTelecom. "We're also bringing on some very talented and seasoned employees to add to our staff in that region." 

But the deal also has implications for G4's existing customer base. By becoming part of FiberLight, G4's existing business and carrier customers will be able to get access to more locations in other Northeast regions, including Vermont, upstate New York and even Canada.   

Besides the expanded reach, customers will be able to get access to FirstLight's own facilities-based fiber network, meaning they can ensure a better experience since they can control the network. Before being purchased by FirstLight, G4's customer connections were created by deploying its own routers and switches and renting local loops from the local ILEC FairPoint.

"There will be some opportunities to get some network efficiencies in that region utilizing our fiber network, enhancing services for our customers up there, and getting in that region to serve more customers," Van Wagenen said. 

For more:
- see the release

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This article was updated on Oct. 14 with quotes from Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight.