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July 03, 2012

Cross River Fiber Witnessing Huge Data Center Growth



By Juliana Kenny
TMCnet Managing Editor



As a New Jersey-based deliverer of fiber optic network and telecommunications solutions, Cross River Fiber has the unique vantage point of observing the evolution of the data center industry and what it means for the movement of data to the state across the Hudson River. The company is just a year old, but Michael Sevret, EVP and CSO for Cross River Fiber, said in an interview at the Telecom Exchange in New York, that the growth it has witnessed over the last year has been extraordinary.

Cross River Fiber just announced its support of infrastructure and dark fiber solutions for radio frequency (RF) wireless communication technologies deployed in New Jersey. “We feel that our fiber assets in New Jersey that we’re building complement the radio frequency (RF) wireless very well because that technology still needs dark fiber.”

All Cross River Fiber’s new fiber routes support many verticals including financial and healthcare. As a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) with its fiber structure supporting the RF community, Cross River Fiber can connect its RF routes, which is a complement to having a hardwire fiber, according to Sevret.

He said business has been great. “With the amount of growth and success we’ve had, through multiple verticals, we are building brand new fiber routes and construction.” He noted that success is based in the high demand for new alternative dark fiber routes in New Jersey, as well as the need for bandwidth. 

Cross River has seen the growth of the data center world expand 10-fold. The company addresses the challenges of supporting New York data requirements in a New Jersey facility. With a network geared to support all data center growth, Cross River’s solutions ultimately support ultra-low latency connectivity into colocation and data center facilities.

“But building and owning fiber is important as it the underlying technology that supports business and consumer. We are in a good spot because not many companies like Cross River are building from the ground up,” Sevret emphasized. “Until there is a technology that replaces hard wire fiber optics we are in a good spot. We are focused on supporting data centers and the customer that needs to get into those buildings that don’t own a network in New Jersey.”



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Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli
 
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