USA Fiber takes on Northern Virginia's dark fiber market

USA Fiber, an emerging competitive provider focused on dark fiber, is going to build a dark fiber network serving an array of enterprise and wholesale customers in Northern Virginia.

As the first network segment it will build, USA Fiber said the northern Virginia ring will consist of a seven-mile data center ring, enabling dark fiber connectivity to up to 35 data centers.

The network is 100 percent underground and includes multiple 864-count fiber rings, giving it an advantage over area legacy fiber networks.

Adding a new dark fiber route in Northern Virginia makes sense as it is a key data center and interconnection hub for the Internet. However, USA Fiber will face a number of emerging competitors in the area, including Lightower and SummitIG, which will provide dark fiber connectivity services to QTS Realty Trust's data center campus in Richmond, Va., for example.

Virginia is only one of a number of markets where USA Fiber plans to build out dark fiber.

With a focus on building key routes in the right places that add scale, the company said that it has committed resources and capital to expand into other areas with the addition of new routes. At this point, it did not specify where it would build next.

For more:
- see the release

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