FirstLight Fiber extends network by 36,000 fibre miles in New York

At Metro Connect 2016 in Miami, US, fibre-optic network provider FirstLight Fiber revealed an expansion of its network in New York, adding 36,000 fibre miles into Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties.

The fibre network is designed to be within close proximity to over 4,000 cell tower and enterprise locations in order to serve businesses located along the fibre route. The move is said to meet market and customer demand to expand its offerings closer to New York City.

“FirstLight’s expansion further in New York represents our company’s continued commitment to provide enterprise level services, delivered via our rich fibre-based infrastructure, to our customers in underserved tier 2 and tier 3 markets as well as in surrounding areas,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and chief executive officer of FirstLight.

“As one of the world’s leading communications markets, New York is critical to FirstLight’s growth strategy, and our expansion into Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties provides the opportunity for FirstLight to offer businesses in that area the high quality, scalable, fibre-based services they require,” he added.

The company claims that the newly constructed network – exclusive owned and operated by FirstLight – is able to support services ranging from dark fibre, ethernet and wavelength services from 10Mbps to 100Gbps as well as internet access.

With this expansion, FirstLight’s fibre optic network spans 260,000 fibre miles across five states, including New York, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, providing diverse connectivity to five FirstLight data centres in the region.