Wilcon Beefs Up California Footprint with Freedom Dark Fiber Acquisition

West Coast-based data center operator Wilcon has closed its acquisition of Freedom Dark Fiber Networks, a dark fiber provider in southern California.

The deal gives Wilcon one of the largest fiber-optic footprint in southern California, having grown by nearly 3,000 additional route miles, and providing access to nearly 1,000 additional enterprise buildings, wireless communications sites, data centers and Internet hubs.

“We are very pleased to complete this transaction, which enables us to provide unparalleled fiber access to our customers,” said Jon DeLuca, CEO at Wilcon. “By bringing together the most dense fiber and interconnection infrastructure in downtown Los Angeles and vast network reach throughout southern California, we are poised to deliver unmatched efficiencies in ultra-broadband performance for businesses, wireless carriers and other communications services providers.”

As a result of the transaction, Freedom Dark Fiber Networks has been renamed Freedom Telecommunications. The combined company will offer services that include dark fiber, Ethernet services and managed optical wavelengths.

“With the close of this agreement, our combined organization is able to offer highly compelling solutions for the dynamic California economy,” said Dave Daigle, senior vice president of corporate development for Wilcon and founder of Freedom Dark Fiber Networks. “As a member of the executive team, I look forward to working closely with our customers to deploy leading solutions for their SoCal network needs.”

The acquisition was backed by Pamlico Capital, which also led Wilcon’s acquisition in 2012 of IX2, a data center and interconnection provider in downtown Los Angeles.

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