Lightower expands NYC fiber presence, shortens path around Manhattan from New Jersey

Lightower Fiber Networks is expanding its New York City fiber presence by adding fiber facilities that will serve hundreds of new carrier and business locations.

What's compelling about this deployment is that it will reduce latency by creating a shorter path around Manhattan from New Jersey to points north and east of New York. In addition to reducing latency along this route, the new route will address business needs for geographic diversity.

The new build will also have implications for businesses and carriers that need connectivity between Brooklyn and New Jersey by providing a more direct route that avoids Manhattan.

Submarine cable providers that have located landing stations on Long Island can use the new network facilities to directly route traffic to data centers in central New Jersey and areas beyond. Lightower claimed that this path offers valuable latency savings, as well as geographic diversity, for services running along the east coast that do not need a hop in New York City.

Area businesses, educational institutions and government agencies have access to the new network and all Lightower solutions, including Ethernet, wavelengths, dark fiber, internet access, video transport and managed private optical networks. What's more, customers will also gain access to the entire Lightower Network with over 30,000 route miles and over 15,000 service locations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.

Having a greater density of routes that go around the crowded Manhattan routes previously built by incumbent telcos and other players will give Lightower a potential differentiator over those players. The build could potentially also enable Lightower to address the burgeoning backhaul need from wireless operators that are building out small cells and other wireless infrastructure in New York City.

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