Lightower Acquires ColocationZone

Lightower Fiber Networks has acquired ColocationZone, an enterprise-class data center provider in Chicago.

ColocationZone is located in the 725 South Wells data center in downtown Chicago, on the South Loop of the city’s Central Business District. Lightower will also be taking over operations of the meet-me-room for the entire 725 South Wells facility, owned by Digital Capital Partners.

The facility offers access to nine telecommunications carriers, in addition to connectivity on Lightower’s all-fiber network with access to over 8,500 Lightower service locations. Additionally, the 725 South Wells facility offers direct fiber connectivity to the data center at 350 E Cermak, for organizations requiring low latency links between the two locations.

“ColocationZone’s facility in the downtown business district is a great fit for Lightower as we continue to expand in, and invest in, the Chicago market,” said Lightower CEO and president Rob Shanahan. “Demand for enterprise-class data center services continues to grow in the Chicago market and 725 South Wells provides a perfect alternative to the 350 E. Cermak Road facility. This acquisition also allows us to complement a customer’s data center needs with Lightower’s high capacity network services for enterprises, cloud, content and carrier customers in the region.”

In 2014, Lightower completed an expansion of their all-fiber network throughout downtown and greater Chicago. The Lightower Network is now connected to nearly all major Chicago data centers and financial exchanges, allowing Lightower to network customers to critical resources across the region. Lightower also offers all-fiber networking throughout downtown Chicago, as well as in the surrounding areas, including Elk Grove, Aurora, Skokie and areas in between.

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