Network-neutral route from Miami to Jacksonville is fully spliced, tested, powered and ready for service; this inaugural segment is the first of Allied Fiber’s national, open access, integrated network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure around the United States
NEW YORK and MIAMI and JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Allied Fiber, the United States’ first open access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure, today announces that its route from Miami, FL toJacksonville, FL, is officially Ready for Service (RFS). This announcement serves as the first of a series of RFS announcements expected as Allied Fiber completes its build around the United States.
The completed Florida segment of the Southeast route, which covers more than 360 miles through the State, was built to serve network operators of all types including, national, regional and metro carriers, submarine cable networks, wireless backhaul providers, municipal networks and content providers. As a fully integrated network-neutral colocation and dark fiber system, Allied Fiber’s Florida route is the first to enable open interconnection between all network operator types within a single, physical layer long haul system.
Allied Fiber’s unique business model and network design was created to specifically facilitate open access interconnection. The three primary components of the model are high-count dark fiber, handholes for lateral splicing and integrated, network-neutral colocation facilities. The Florida route consists of a 528 count Corning composite SMF 28e+ and LEAF fiber cable in buried duct along road Rights of Way extending from the NAP of the Americas in Miami, one of the largest and most significant data center and Internet exchange points in the United States, to 421 West Church Street, the main carrier hotel in Jacksonville. Along the 364 route miles in between theses two main interconnection hubs the fiber traverses through dedicated handholes that are spaced every 5,000 feet for lateral fiber splicing and through Allied Fiber owned and operated network-neutral colocation facilities located in West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, Rockledge, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.
Each of the colocation facilities are spaced approximately 60 miles apart, and are 1,200 square foot modular, precast concrete and steel structures designed for efficiency and scalability. The initial installations are designed to support 64 customer cabinets, 150kW Protected AC 120v & DC -48v Power, Backup Generators, HVAC, and 24/7 NOC Monitoring services.
In addition to the clear benefits to network operators derived from control at the physical layer, Allied Fiber’s Florida route segment will provide significant opportunity for economic stimulation, job growth and improvement in network infrastructure across the State of Florida. Numerous regional, metro and municipal fiber networks already exist along the route and have easy access to Allied Fiber’s superstructure. By bringing together the long haul content, enterprise and carrier networks with the local, competitive aggregation and distribution networks in a network-neutral colocation environment, open access interconnection will flourish as the “network-effect” takes hold.
“This announcement is a monumental step in Allied Fiber’s evolution to becoming the first national, open access, integrated network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure in the United States,” states Hunter Newby, CEO of Allied Fiber. “We believe the Florida segment of our Southeast route will serve as a standard for all future segments of our national build where the process and benefits of physical interconnection will be repeated. The impact on all network operators and the communities that they serve across the nation will be to provide access to improved network speeds at more cost effective rates by introducing choice. The access to quality, reduced costs, increased revenue and improved margins through direct connect options for service providers will result in a significant contribution to overall economic growth and productivity gains throughout the country.”
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ABOUT ALLIED FIBER
Allied Fiber was created as the first national, open access, integrated, network-neutral colocation and dark fiber superstructure in the United States. Allied Fiber offers a combined long-haul and multi-access point, short-haul fiber optic system coupled with its own colocation facilities to provide control of the underlying physical assets to all network operators. Established in 2008, the Allied Fiber system is designed to link the international subsea cable landing points in the United States while also providing intermediate access along the route for the inclusion of local networks in to the global network architecture. By managing communications infrastructure as a real estate business for network operators the company has developed a unique platform that enables its customers’ growth and profitability, which drives its own. Follow Allied Fiber on LinkedIn andTwitter.
North 6th Agency, Inc. (For Allied Fiber)