United Fiber & Data rolls out fibre-optic network from NYC to Ashburn

20 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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United Fiber & Data (UFD) has completed its fibre-optic network connecting New York City to Ashburn, Virginia.

The network is now live and ready for service connecting UFD’s 13-mile metro ring in NYC to ‘data centre alley’ in Ashburn, Virginia. It is joined via a 340-mile, physically divers long-haul route and leveraging a high-capacity, low latency path, provides redundancy for data transit.

“We’re thrilled to unveil this new fibre network, which offers a superior alternative along the popular New York City to Ashburn route,” said Bill Hynes, founder and CEO of United Fiber & Data. “With UFD’s fibre, customers can achieve the redundancy required by modern-day networks with a secure pathway that can support leading-edge optical gear while maintaining low latency. The infrastructure that UFD is bringing to the east coast and rural areas helps democratise opportunity for start-ups and established tech companies alike. For carriers, data centres, hyper-scalers, and enterprises who are relying on aging, vulnerable infrastructure, this Greenfield network can bring them into the next era of data communications.”

This newly constructed network will serve rural communities between New York City and Virginia, and provide pathway diversity to the congested Interstate-95 corridor. UFD’s network avoids congestion by taking a westerly path across New Jersey and Pennsylvania before heading south through Maryland and Virginia, arriving directly in Ashburn, without having to go through Washington, DC. In addition, the company owns and operates the entire backbone with a high-count cable that is essential for transferring big data.

The long-haul route to Ashburn continues UFD’s fibre footprint across the Northeast. UFD purpose-built a 13-mile metro ring in New York City made up of primary backbone in lower and midtown Manhattan, recently adding 60+ miles of laterals stretching from Central Park to Wall Street. The metro ring reaches 330+ buildings with the capability of accessing some of the most famous carrier addresses and data centres in the industry.