Lightower completes expansion of its Virginia network, enhances Mid-Atlantic reach

Lightower Fiber has completed the 1,100-mile expansion of its fiber network throughout Virginia and the Washington, D.C., metro region, deepening its presence in the Mid-Atlantic area.

Completion of the network concludes a nearly two-year process to construct a network that would blanket a large portion of Virginia and North Carolina. This build was complemented by the addition of 400 route miles in the Washington, D.C., metro region, including parts of northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs. In April, the service provider completed the D.C. metro portion of the network.

By combining this new network with Lightower's existing area network, the service provider said it created a fiber-based network that could serve a host of traditional enterprises, schools, government agencies and wireless and wireline carriers that need to fill in capacity gaps.

"This network expansion will allow Lightower to bring our high-performance solutions to thousands upon thousands of new customers throughout Virginia, greater Washington, D.C., and now also North Carolina," said Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower, in a release.

An additional benefit of these network expansions is they will increase customer connectivity and routing options to key markets including Baltimore, points north of Baltimore, as well as D.C. metro data centers, including those in the Ashburn area. The service provider's fiber connectivity has also been designed to achieve a higher level of diversity from the I-95 corridor between the Ashburn area and the New York City area via its Transcom Route.

Since 2009 the service provider has extended its network presence throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Greater Chicago regions via a mix of organic network builds and the integration of seven acquisitions, including Sidera, which began the Virginia network build in 2012.

For more:
- see the release

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