September 25, 2013
Allied Fiber Hard at Work on Florida Long Haul Fiber Network
By Mae Kowalke
The newest route: Miami to Jacksonville, Fla.
Long haul routes typically connect major city pairs, and Allied Fiber offers several long-term, long-haul routes for its clients. It has two basic options: 20-year IRU, and leased-to-IRU. In both options, collocation facilities are available every 60 miles along the route, according to the company.
The company has been working on its Miami to Jacksonville route this summer, and construction has been moving apace.
The latest update of the company’s progress on the route, which was updated on their blog last week, reported that more than 126 miles of fiber have been installed so far.
Last week 64,572 feet of cable with 528 fiber strands was installed through Ft. Pierce en route to Vero Beach. Allied Fiber also completed 1,056 fusion splices and installed 3 new handholes that same week.
The company is busy preparing the West Palm Beach collocation center, too, according the Allied Fiber blog.
Representatives from Allied Fiber completed a walkthrough in Louisiana of the first collocation facility, which is being fabricated for West Palm Beach.
There will be six collocation facilities along the route. The sites of these facilities will be West Palm Beach, Ft. Pierce, Rockledge, New Smyrna Beach, St. Augustine, and Jacksonville.
Pre-fabrication of the collocation facilities is taking place in Louisiana with Allied Fiber personnel on site periodically to inspect the progress and check the electrical and mechanical systems.
The structures are made of reinforced pre-cast concrete and are formed in sections that will be assembled on-site much like a giant Lego set, according to the company.
Over the next week, electrical and mechanical systems installations will be completed in preparation for shipping to Florida, according to the blog.
Once the West Palm Beach site is shipped, fabrication will immediately begin on the Ft. Pierce and Rockledge facilities.
For those who are curious what it takes to build long haul fiber networks, the blog has a fascinating assortment of photos that document the company’s progress on the new route. You can find them at their blog.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson
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