Lightower licenses fiber from NSTAR Communications
By Rodney H. Brown Mass High Tech
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Lightower Fiber Networks LLC is adding to its fiber network empire, this time licensing essentially all of the fiber optic network capacity of NSTAR Communications Inc., a unit of Boston-based energy company NSTAR. No financial details of the deal were released.
The deal gives Boxborough-based Lightower exclusive rights to all available fiber optic capacity on the NSTAR Communications network, which includes fiber optic backbone routes and fiber connection to many buildings in downtown Boston and the Greater Boston area. In total, Lightower is licensing from NSTAR more than 280 fiber route miles, which provide access to more than 225 commercial buildings.
Lightower, which employs more than 200 people, said that company revenue has increased 20 percent in each of the last two years. With a slew of recent acquisitions, Lightower now has more than 5,500 fiber route miles and access to over 2,100 commercial buildings, data centers, telco hotels and other interconnection facilities.
Last month, Lightower acquired Open Access Inc., a metro network and communications services provider based in Farmingdale, N.Y., for an undisclosed amount. That gave it access to more than 230 commercial buildings and data centers throughout Long Island and the greater New York City region.
In September, Lightower bought Lexent Metro Connect LLC, a New York City-based provider of custom-built dark fiber networks, for an undisclosed amount. That gave Lightower 150 new fiber routes and 200 commercial buildings in the greater New York City area, as well as parts of New Jersey, officials said.
Lightower is backed by M/C Venture Partners and Pamlico Capital, which together acquired the company in 2007 when it was called National Grid Wireless.