Lightower Expands All-Fiber Network in New York City

Staten Island expansion serves borough while providing diverse bypass
around Manhattan, ideal for latency-sensitive applications and route diversity

BOXBOROUGH, MA —June 15, 2016Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of all-fiber, high-performance networking solutions delivered over its own network, announced a new network expansion in New York City, throughout Staten Island, that will serve hundreds of new locations in the borough. The expansion also creates a new, shorter path around Manhattan from New Jersey to points north and east of New York, perfect for businesses wanting to reduce latency along this route or those needing geographic diversity.

The bypass route offered by the expansion is a more direct route between Brooklyn and New Jersey, avoiding Manhattan entirely. For landing stations on Long Island, services can be routed more directly, and with lower latency, to data centers in central New Jersey and areas beyond. This path also offers valuable latency savings, as well as geographic diversity, for services running along the east coast that do not need a hop in New York City. 

Staten Island businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies have access to the new network and all Lightower solutions, including Ethernet, wavelengths, dark fiber, Internet access, video transport, and managed private optical networks. Customers also gain access to the entire Lightower Network with over 30,000 route miles and over 15,000 service locations throughout the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic

“Continued expansion of our New York City network underscores Lightower’s ongoing commitment and investment in the New York Metro market,” commented Rob Shanahan, CEO of Lightower. “As Lightower continues to expand our overall footprint, we also continue to invest and expand in our existing markets. The Lightower Network is now within reach for over 71% of enterprises in the New York Metro market. The density of our service locations within our markets is one of the top reasons customers choose Lightower for the networking solutions that run their businesses.”  

Lightower has a remarkably dense network throughout the New York Metro market, including through all five boroughs of New York City, Upstate New York, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  Lightower utilizes 16 different river crossings and two special utility conduits in the New York City area to offer customers unique and diverse routing options.  Lightower also constructed a unique Hudson River crossing that is geographically diverse from the typical crossing at the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is now being rebuilt.

Lightower’s complete suite of all-fiber solutions is available to customers in the expansion areas. Lightower’s high-performance network services include:

  • Ethernet service from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps
  • Wavelength service from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps
  • Dedicated Internet access to 10 Gbps
  • Dark fiber
  • Ultra-low latency solutions
  • Video transport solutions
  • Managed private optical networks
  • Wireless backhaul and small cell solutions

Lightower has expanded rapidly over the past seven years throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeast.  Over those seven years, Lightower has successfully closed and integrated nine acquisitions to complement its strong organic growth.

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