RCN, Cross River Fiber jointly expand fiber footprints in N.Y., N.J.

RCN Business and Cross River Fiber, two providers that have created fiber rich regional networks targeting business and wholesale customers, are partnering to expand their network presence in New York and New Jersey.

Each company says they will be able to leverage each other's market strengths. Through this arrangement, RCN can expand its service presence in New Jersey, while Cross River Fiber gains deeper presence throughout the New York market.

Besides its growing dark fiber network, the other thing that Cross River Fiber brings to RCN Business is its data center reach. The service provider has connected its fiber into a number of major data centers operated by Digital Realty, CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), Telx, IO, Net Access, Sentinel and Equinix.

RCN Business will also be able to access Cross River Fiber's 1 Gbps and 10 Gbps services and its dark fiber offerings. As it continued to expand its fiber network, Cross River Fiber has expanded its service offerings to key business vertical markets such as healthcare, media, information technology and education.

While this agreement is not a merger of the two providers, it is essential for emerging regional providers like RCN Business and Cross River Fiber to find ways to collaborate with one another. These arrangements enable smaller providers, which lack the resources of larger incumbent telcos and cable operators, to expand their reach into new markets to serve multi-site business customers.

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