SummitIG adds 50 miles of diverse routes in Virginia, sets expansion to reach 550-plus miles of dark fiber

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SummitIG, an emerging dark fiber provider, is on the growth path again with plans to complete the build out of 50 additional miles of dark fiber this year.

Upon completion, the service provider's existing fiber network will include over 550 route miles of dark fiber. Additionally, the service provider expects to grow from 61 on-net buildings to 70 by the end of the year.

The service provider's existing 500-mile fiber network includes unique and densely populated infrastructure in Virginia stretching from Data Center Alley in Loudoun County to Reston and greater Vienna, Tysons Corner commercial districts, and the developing data center areas of Prince William County.

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When SummitIG completes this current expansion, the service provider will extend new network infrastructure to fiber limited corridors of Arlington, Springfield and Lorton to provide unique fiber routes and value sets for its enterprise and federal business. The new network segments will add to SummitIG’s infrastructure using 1,728 count fiber cables to ensure availability.

Given its network presence in Northern Virginia, an ongoing focus for SummitIG’s growth strategy is to build out fiber routes to extend to data centers. While not calling out specific numbers, SummitIG said it continues to drive strong financial and operational metrics, with total revenue projected to increase by 50% in 2017.

Bill Cook, CEO of SummitIG, said the dark fiber provider is in discussions with local building developers and officials to see how it can work with communities to proactively wire new areas with fiber to satisfy new business growth.

“Our network already connects all the key data centers in Loudoun, Fairfax and Prince William counties with high count dark fiber cables, creating a dense networking fabric across the entire metro area,” Cook said in a release. “As we continue to expand strategically, we are working with the leaders and developers in the community to make sure that we are enhancing our offering with the density and diversity to meet the needs of the area.”

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