DukeNet Announces Major Fiber Expansion in the Southeast

High-bandwidth specialist DukeNet Communications has expanded its fiber footprint its existing Tier 1, 2 and 3 markets in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as add locations across Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia to better serve its enterprise, data center, channel partners and carrier customers and partners.

DukeNet’s new markets include Birmingham and Huntsville, Ala.; Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; Athens and Atlanta, Ga.; Richmond, Va.; and planned expansion into Ashburn, Va.

DukeNet trenched new fiber for the expansion, putting in greenfield Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) infrastructure to link key segments, while also connecting cell towers across the region with seamless long-haul and metro fiber infrastructure.

“Both our carrier and enterprise customers alike will benefit from an expanded footprint and the ability to interconnect at more of the industry’s critical data centers and cell towers,” said Mike Prendergast, senior vice president of sales and marketing for DukeNet. “Our network becomes more valuable with the addition of more segments and endpoints, which is something that will also positively impact our channel program. We look forward to even stronger product and service offerings for all these key groups.”

DukeNet is also implementing interconnects at various data centers in Atlanta and Ashburn that will provide interconnect capability from its regional markets into some of the industry’s most critical and busy Internet hubs.

“This expanded network footprint greatly increases the value of the infrastructure we have built out over the first 18 years of our history,” said Tony Cockerham, DukeNet COO. “We now provide unique routing into Atlanta that avoids the traditional I-85 transit route, and our planned expansion into Ashburn will avoid the I-95 corridor used by many others. Also, much of our expansion is being completed using coherent, 100Gbps-capable infrastructure, which will enable us to efficiently and reliably deliver the high-bandwidth services our customers are demanding.”

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