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December 21, 2009

Lightower Fiber Networks Announces New Collocation Facility in Massachusetts

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

Boxborough, Mass.-based collocation service provider Lightower Fiber Networks reportedly announced that it is expanding its collocation center at 34 St. Martin Drive, in Marlborough, Mass..

Lightower Fiber Networks not only provides collocation services but also provides metro fiber network and broadband service in the northeast United States. The company offers customers geographically diverse routing and low latency network solutions - on an all-fiber optic network.
The company offers more than 4,400 fiber route miles with more than 1,630 on-net buildings along with complete transport and alternative access solutions. Its geographic footprint extends from Boston and southern New Hampshire, to eastern New York State, northern New Jersey, Long Island, and New York City, officials said.
Lightower's new Marlborough facility is strategically located in western suburbs of Boston, near the intersection of I-90 and I-495. This facility will be offering customers with hybrid-class collocation space along with amenities such as AC or DC power, generator or UPS backup power, state-of-the-art HVAC, a loading dock, 30 foot ceilings, as well as security.
'Marlborough is a perfect location for companies looking to collocate near Boston. Not only does Lightower offer the collocation space at 34 St. Martin, but we also offer fiber access directly to Boston, the greater Boston area, the rest of New England, and down the coast to New York City and New Jersey,' Herb Boynton, vice president of sales for Lightower Fiber Networks, said in the release.
Moreover, collocation customers at 34 St. Martin Drive can now have access to Lightower’s complete suite of networking services including Ethernet, dark fiber, wavelengths, Internet access, and SONET.
Officials with Lightower said that the networking services can be custom designed for customers in bandwidths ranging from 10 Mbps all the way up to 40 Gbps.
Because Lightower has dense network in the Boston area, collocation customers at 34 St. Martin Drive can easily connect to any of the other important regional facilities including 1 Summer Street, 109 Brookline Avenue, 500 Rutherford Street, 300 Bent Street, 50 Innetblet Road and 70 Innerbelt Road, 400 Minuteman Drive, 250 Locke Drive and 1 Federal Street, officials said.
Recently, Lightower successfully tested the use of 100G technology on its existing optical network by utilizing Nortel’s (News - Alert) commercially available 100G solution. The company could send production network traffic error-free over a 100G link spanning 600 kilometers from New York to Boston.
Early this year, Lightower upgraded its optical infrastructure to 40G speeds by utilizing 40G solution from Nortel, thereby becoming the first company in the region to offer a 40G bandwidth service for carriers and large enterprises.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney


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