FirstLight acquires cable construction firm for fibre build-out plans

11 July 2019 | Laurence Doe

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FirstLight has acquired Todd Cable Construction to expand its fibre network capabilities and pursue development opportunities such as turnkey solutions to support 5G.

The Northeast US provider of fibre-optic data, internet, data centre, cloud and voice services will use its new acquisition, which has been agreed under undisclosed financial terms, to improve the time it takes to construct fibre projects for enterprise and carrier customers.

FirstLight’s has had a busy first quarter. It acquired Maine Fiber Company after focusing on a number of new products throughout the state and added to its portfolio of fibre-based services, kick-starting its 2019 growth. In March it also named Len Camara as its new CIO.

Kurt Van Wagenen, president and CEO of FirstLight, said: “Unlike our prior acquisitions, which were typically focused on purchasing existing fiber assets, this transaction dramatically broadens FirstLight’s capabilities to build new fiber by bringing construction talent in house. 

“Over the years, we have cultivated a strong relationship with Todd Cable and have come to depend on their capabilities to meet our customers’ delivery timelines.  Now as part of FirstLight, we can work more closely to better control this aspect of service delivery.”

Founded in 1999, FirstLight has been building and operating its own fibre optic network for 20 years. FirstLight serves the networking needs of national telecommunications providers, CLECs and enterprises.

Todd Warmingham, president and CEO of Todd Cable Construction, who will lead FirstLight’s construction services business unit, commented: “We have worked with FirstLight for many years acting as its construction arm. 

“Through this relationship, we have come to appreciate all that FirstLight has accomplished over the past few years and respect its talented team.  We are glad to be part of this vibrant organization and now have access to the resources and people needed to accelerate our growth trajectory and fully participate in the 5G evolution.”