FirstLight Fiber, Oxford Networks and ION rebrand as FirstLight

13 April 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe

FirstLight Fiber, Oxford Networks and ION Communications has rebranded to a single company name, FirstLight.

“Rebranding to a single company name 'FirstLight' represents another significant milestone in our integration process to create one team with a singular focus on continuing to provide outstanding service and support to our customers,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight.

This exciting development is the next step for the US fibre-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider as part of the integration process following Oak Hill Capital Partners’ recently completed acquisitions of Oxford Networks and Sovernet Communications. The company also plans to sunset the Sovernet Communications brand in the coming weeks.

Offering network, internet, data centre, cloud and voice services, FirstLight operates a regional fibre network serving enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast, connecting more than 5,000 locations in service with an additional 20,000 locations serviceable by its 9,600-route mile network.

Upon the close of the recently announced FirstLight acquisition of Finger Lakes Technologies Group, the company will then operate a regional network consisting of approximately 12,000 route miles of high-capacity fibre in six states and Canada, with more than 7,000 on-net locations and 12 data centres totalling more than 225,000 square feet of space strategically located throughout its footprint.

Maura Mahoney, vice president of marketing and product management of FirstLight, added: “The rebrand of Oxford Networks and ION Communications as FirstLight is a testament to our team’s ability to successfully work together to align as one strong company. As FirstLight, we will stay true to our mission of providing the complete portfolio of high quality infrastructure services our customers rely upon.”