Lightower acquires HarborLite Networks, enhances Baltimore network reach

Lightower Fiber Networks has acquired HarborLite Networks, enabling the provider to strengthen its fiber network density in the Baltimore area.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

A big element of the deal is increasing its on-net building reach within Baltimore. By adding HarborLite Networks' facilities to its fold, Lightower will have direct access to nearly all of the major office buildings in the city.

Existing and new Lightower customers will also get direct access to a number of data centers in Baltimore, including 111 Market, 300 W. Lexington, 506 Central, 323 N. Charles, and 1401 E. Russell.

These customers will also be able to get access to Lightower's 15,000 service locations and direct access to regional data centers including those in the desirable Ashburn, Va., area. Additionally, Lightower is a Direct Connect Partner for Amazon Web Services and can provide all-fiber connectivity to numerous other cloud providers. 

Network expansion continues to be a key priority for Lightower via organic builds and by acquiring other fiber-centric providers. Earlier this year, the service provider acquired Fibertech Networks. Through this transaction, Lightower greatly deepened its footprint with access to more than 30,000 route miles of fiber and nearly 5,000 wireless towers.

Lightower has also conducted new fiber network builds in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

The service provider's network expansions are resonating with the public sector customer base. Just last week, Lightower was named an authorized vendor to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower said in a release that the HarborLite deal reflects its aggressive expansion effort "in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as throughout our entire service area."

For more:
- see the release

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