Lumos Networks has been making progress in extending its fiber network to data center locations and its recent deployment to Expedient's data center in Pittsburgh's Allegheny Center Mall (ACM) is evidence of that trend. The service provider now has 29 data centers connected to its fiber network and five in Pittsburgh alone.
Pittsburgh is one of the key "edge-out" markets the service provider has identified to extend its fiber to fulfill new wholesale and retail service opportunities with business, data center providers and wireless operators.
Expedient said that what's significant about having Lumos' fiber connection into the ACM location is that the 26,000-square-foot facility is a key "nexus of bandwidth traffic in the Pittsburgh Metro area."
The data center provider plans to leverage the fiber network to data center solutions and fully managed services across Lumos' enterprise customers in the Mid-Atlantic footprint.
Complementing the fiber rollout in Pittsburgh, Lumos launched a parallel Network Operating Center (NOC) in October. The Pittsburgh NOC will be used to manage its Project Ark all-IP network overlay designed to handle fiber-to-the-cell traffic and the fiber networks that are connected to its data center and business customers.
Lumos' fiber buildout in Pittsburgh will also have a potential effect on the local business market, one that's looking for alternative fiber-based provider sources for services. The company previously cited that it had added 15,000 buildings to its "near-net" list, which means that fiber connectivity can be extended to the building without the need for a public right-of-way permit.
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