Company Secures Key Right of Way and Breaks Ground On Unique Low Latency Underground Dark Fiber Path Between Ashburn and Baltimore Under Potomac River
BALTIMORE -- USA FIBER, a company that engineers, builds and operates mission critical dark fiber networks for clients in the telecommunications, Internet, data center, government, research & education and large enterprise space, has today announced a new unique dark fiber build connecting Ashburn to Baltimore that creates a new fiber crossing the Potomac River, uniquely underground and bypassing Washington DC.
"The market has called for this project for a long time and USA FIBER is uniquely positioned to execute," says Judd Carothers, President of USA FIBER. "We will be constructing high quality underground infrastructure we have always focused on throughout our history, boring the Potomac River, in one of the most challenging and exciting fiber builds in the market. Our team is prepared and driving forward to bring this new carrier neutral dark fiber route to market in 2016."
Four key use cases are being met with this new build.
Clients that require true infrastructure diversity and require bypassing Washington DC on a route, while still meeting network performance specifications on latency.
Clients that have substantial network along the route that need to refresh fiber infrastructure coming to end of life to maintain and grow the network for clients.
Clients that need massive scale with dark fiber strands to meet future application requirements.
Clients that need to improve latency to create advantage for their platform or improve the application performance.
The dark fiber platform will cross the Potomac at an undisclosed right of way easement between Virginia and Maryland, reducing the latency of data traffic significantly that is coming out of Ashburn that is going to key destinations in Maryland and north. Destinations along this route the Max GigAPoP, civilian federal agency campuses in Maryland, and key sites for the defense department and intelligence community, as well as traffic going to the north to key financial centers including New York City.
"This is a flagship build for USA FIBER, and a major infrastructure addition for the market. We are investing significant capital to bring to market a better platform that will connect the world's Internet gateway, Ashburn, VA, with new fiber at lower latency in unique right of way, to the some of the nations most critical sites located in Maryland. These sites along our route lead our nations efforts, either in the private or public sector, in critical areas such as; cyberterrorism, healthcare, innovative research in life sciences and space, engineering, financial services and education. We are building this conduit and fiber asset 100% underground in unique right of way, diverse from existing network assets. This new fiber optic route differentiates itself from existing market assets in that has most of the existing infrastructure is now close to 20 years old, typically the useful life of fiber from my manufacturers, it has a significantly lower latency profile and is built 100% underground with a very large inventory of dark fiber," added Judd Carothers.
The company is working with key anchor tenants and has opened access to the route up in a carrier neutral platform to allow existing federal contract holders to enable the new route for their key clients. All clients in datacenters in Ashburn will be enabled to access this new route, including within market leading platforms such as Equinix, Digital Realty, AT&T, CenturyLink and Dupont Fabros.
About USA FIBER
USA FIBER is a purpose built, high capacity, dark fiber network provider. USA FIBER engineers, builds and maintains application and carrier neutral dark fiber networks designed for mission critical customers. This strategy allows clients to connect with their applications and customers, on their own terms. Founded by Ken Off and Judd Carothers, USA FIBER has deep expertise on staff in the most stringent of dark fiber networks, encompassing over 10,000 route miles and 50 years of excellence. USA FIBER owns and operates dark fiber routes and focuses on purpose built new routes that add diversity, performance and scalability for clients' coast to coast. www.USAFIBER.com
Jeremy Latimer, Vice President of Sales