Allied Fiber Secures Financing for Phase 1 of Nationwide Dark-Fiber Network

  • Broadband Penetration
  • Dark Fiber
  • Wireless Backhaul
NEW YORK, NY - Allied Fiber has a plan to eliminate obstacles to broadband access and wireless backhaul throughout the United States: next-generation, long-haul dark fiber combined with an open-access philosophy. The company says it is dedicated to building an abundant supply of dark fiber in the areas where it is most needed. Its plan is about to be put into action, now that Allied Fiber has sewn up the financing for the first phase of the network. Funders include affiliates of Falcon Investment Advisors, LLC and ABRY Partners, LLC. Construction of the first phase, linking New York City, Chicago and Ashburn, Va., is already underway and is expected to be complete by May 2011.

Allied Fiber is addressing the growing need for broadband by providing much-needed access to new dark fiber, colocation facilities and fiber-fed wireless towers on a network-neutral, open-access basis throughout the United States. The potential user community for these physical-layer services includes submarine cable systems, large international and domestic wireline and wireless carriers, small rural carriers, cooperatives, cable television companies and data center operators.

Combination of Long-Haul and Short-Haul Allows Rural Access
One unusual - and exciting - feature of Allied Fiber's plan is a new, multiduct design for intermediate access to the long-haul fiber duct through a parallel short-haul fiber duct all along the route. This enables all points between the major cities, including data centers, wireless towers and rural networks, to gain access to the dark fiber. In addition, the Allied Fiber neutral colocation facilities, located approximately every 60 miles along the route, accommodate and encourage a multitenant interconnection environment integrated with fiber that does not yet exist in the United States on this scale.

Based upon the customer demand that Allied Fiber has seen, the first phase of the system will now provide 744 dark fibers and 19 1,000+ sq. ft. colocation facilities. These facilities will provide access for many data centers and hundreds of tower sites, all integrated into one system from one provider. With planned, direct connections to the submarine cable systems linking the Atlantic, Caribbean, Latin American and Pacific cables, Allied Fiber will also provide express routing of traffic through the United States on the latest and most advanced fiber types available. The company says that building new, shortest-path, physical duct and fiber routes combined with modern fiber will allow lower latencies as well as higher capacities to be achieved between these points.

“All our duct and colocation construction projects are progressing quickly, and we will be ready to start the fiber manufacturing and jetting process within several weeks. We are also working with our customers to finalize their fiber requirements, enabling them to take advantage of preconstruction pricing now available,” says Jason Cohen, Allied Fiber president and COO.

The 528-count, long-haul cable coupled with the 216-count, short-haul cable will be a composite of single-node (SMF) and non-zero dispersion shifted (NZDSF) fibers. The high fiber count and network neutrality allows Allied Fiber to offer dark fiber and colocation at lower unit costs.

The company is currently accepting customer agreements for fiber and colocation throughout the network and will continue to offer preconstruction pricing until the fiber jetting process begins.

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