Allied Fiber said today that it has lined up financing from affiliates of Falcon Investment Advisors and ABRY Partners to complete phase one of its network of dark fiber, colocation and wireless towers. 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.
Most fiber routes serve as a limited-access highway between two points. Allied Fiber’s route provides periodic on-ramps and off-ramps. It accomplishes this with a new, multi-duct design that provides 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 wireless towers and rural networks, to gain access to the dark fiber.
The company envisions a network of carrier-neutral facilities that can bring the rich connectivity of big-city network hubs to second-tier markets along their route.
Addressing Backhaul Market
"We created this system to address the numerous backhaul and capacity issues that exist in the industry today,” said Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. "In what has been a very challenging financing market, we have been able to prove the merits of the Allied Fiber system. In response to the proven demand from our customers and the industry, we will be able to complete the phase one build and deliver the physical, long-haul and short-haul dark fiber, colocation and interconnection capabilities that are so critical for the next generation of network requirements in our country.”
The first phase of the system will now provide a combined 744 dark fibers, and be lined with 19 colocation facilities of 1m000 square feet or larger. These facilities will provide access for numerous data centers and hundreds of tower sites, all integrated into one system from one provider, creating a new standard for physical layer interconnection.
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. 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, said Jason Cohen, Allied Fiber President & COO. "We are also working with our customers to finalize their fiber requirements, enabling them to take advantage of pre-construction pricing now available.”