There’s an insider and an outsider’s perspective to telecom network and bandwidth solutions. In articles like Anton Troianovski from the Wall Street Journal, it’s easy to understand why the outside view is skeptical about dark fiber network builds since more than 10 years ago the telecom bubble burst and wiped out more than $2 trillion in stock market wealth for many industry folks – who are still in the game. But boutique providers like Cross River Fiber are specifically meeting the demands of their customers and selecting their routes carefully and cautiously.
According to the article there were some 19 million miles of optical fiber installed in the U.S. last year. CRU Group, a research firm states that this number is the most new builds since the boom year of 2000. This fact is directly correlated with Infonetics Research
which forecasts tremendous growth in the Ethernet equipment market from $37.5 billion to $40.2 billion by 2015 – as discussed in the blog ‘Carrier Ethernet Equipment Demand, An Indicator of Global Network Access Trends.
‘ The logic prevails – if additional optical fiber is installed, the need to light the fiber is there. The fact that companies are lighting the fiber is a strong indicator that the need is just – and not just because.
Cross River Fiber’s focus on the New Jersey market is solely based on their ability to meet the needs of their customers: major healthcare organizations, financial companies, educational institutions, enterprise businesses and more. They are seeing customer demand driven by low latency, big bandwidth and costs. By owning your own dark fiber, with the right equipment you have near endless capabilities. And with companies like Len Bosack’s XKL
who is harnessing more power out of optical DWDM gear, there’s no reason why companies shouldn’t. Trends are pointing toward owning, managing and ensuring your own growth is met. But it’s more than just fiber – it’s the right service provider too. Sidera Networks
has continued to serve the market with highly scalable and low latency network connectivity solutions. It also has some dark fiber in it’s portfolio mix – and – they are also constructing new routes as the customer demand dictates. According to Clint Heiden, President of Sidera Networks, they are certainly constructing, digging new fiber routes because the demand of their customer’s dictate it. But he also recognizes that not all areas are created equal with their need for big bandwidth solutions.
There’s not doubt that companies such as Cross River Fiber and Sidera Networks will continue to dig new routes to bring big bandwidth capabilities to more companies. But there is certainly no optical delusion – at least in these parts. Other parts of the country and other territories outside of the NY/NJ Metro Markets and the N.E Corridor – well that’s a different story to explore indeed.