FirstLight Partners, f6networks partner to expand US-Canada network reach

04 April 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe

Fibre-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider FirstLight Fibre has extended its relationship with f6networks to provide lit services to customers with both a US and Canadian presence.

The mutually beneficial relationship, which increases the growth potential of both companies, began when FirstLight and f6networks collaborated on a solution for a large, industrial enterprise customer in Canada.

This allowed the companies to design a complete end-to-end solution, coupled with cost effective, wholesale pricing and a reliable circuit to support the customer’s call centre operations.

After this successful initial collaboration, the companies pursued leveraging their relationship further. FirstLight and f6networks are now able to provide lit services to customers who have both a US and Canadian presence seeking a high-quality solution.

“Our relationship with f6networks is mutually beneficial, as we are now able to serve more customers in more places,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight.

“Coupled with our recent acquisitions of Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications, the relationship with f6networks further enhance our capabilities to the benefit of our customers.”

FirstLight offers a connection from Calais, Maine to St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Its network has 9,600 route miles of fibre and more than 5,000 lit locations, with access to 20,000 near net locations, in six states with connectivity to Montreal.

“We sought a relationship with a provider that had a strong presence throughout the Northeastern US,” added Thomas Rivington, CEO of f6networks. “FirstLight has enabled us to offer comprehensive solutions to our clients and, through our dealings with FirstLight, we have gained confidence in FirstLight’s network and capabilities – a combination that is imperative to our customers. We see the potential for this relationship to drive continued growth in the future.”

f6networks is the owner and operator of a high-capacity fibre network that provides high capacity transport between New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Quebec to locations throughout the northeast US.