United Fiber & Data wraps NJ redundant fiber ring build

United Fiber & Data (UFD) has put the final touches on its northern New Jersey fiber network build, reaching through Harrison, across the Passaic River and landing on the banks of Newark.

This route is one lateral of a redundant ring the service provider is building to a Newark-based carrier hotel located at 165 Halsey Street.

A key focus of the network is to serve the area's financial community. It connects Newark to Manhattan and other high-profile trading and financial exchange locations in the New York and New Jersey region.

UFD will offer three main services--dark fiber, colocation and data center--to both service providers and industry verticals such as healthcare, education and the financial trading industry.

With this route complete, UFD said it has begun working on the next phase of its network build, which includes pulling cable under the streets of the city of Newark over the next few weeks.

In addition, UFD is building a separate Passaic River cross segment connecting New York and Ashburn, Va. Bypassing the traditional I-95 corridor, the network will route through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

As the a newcomer to the fiber-centric provider market, UFD will face a number of viable competitors including Lightower, which expanded its foothold along the East Coast via its acquisition of Sidera last year.  

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