ExteNet Systems’ acquisition of Hudson Fiber Network (HFN) will provide the distributed networks provider with an additional thousand route miles of high-capacity fiber footprint in the New York City/New Jersey metro area. And some more goodies, too.
HFN has an 864-fiber optic cable backbone connecting hundreds of lateral access points within the business districts throughout HFN’s New Jersey facilities and New York City fiber network.
“The compelling reason behind the transaction was their fiber optic plant. Given all of our activities in the New York/New Jersey area, that is something we are constantly in search of,” Ross Manire, president and CEO of ExteNet, told AGL eDigest. “It will help us from a small cell deployment perspective.”
But, Wait, There’s More …
Headquartered in Paramus, New Jersey, HFN provides a variety of networking services for the enterprise, including purpose-built networks, direct internet access, low-latency networks, gigabit ethernet, optical wave solutions and IP connectivity.
“What really attracted us to the HFN transaction was their fiber, enterprise business. They had the back-office systems and the personnel that we needed in order to continue growing the enterprise side of our business,” Manire said. “We plan to offer our customers an expanded portfolio of carrier and enterprise solution offerings.”
HFN serves the medium to large market, focusing on multi-location, large bandwidth users, such as financial, legal, healthcare, education, media and entertainment, technology and telecom, and government. It is also its own internet service provider.
Last December, ExteNet made a similar purchase, buying Axiom Fiber Networks, which provided telecom infrastructure services in the New York area to enterprise customers including, financial, government, healthcare, education and media.
“We knew when we purchased Axiom, to be a meaningful player in the Enterprise space we would need a route across the Hudson River into the New Jersey collocation centers,” Manire said. “We were looking for one when we came across HFN, which already had that route in their portfolio.”
HFN has also built a national wide area network with service across 16 major markets, including New York, Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago.
Brett Diamond, HFN co-founder and CEO, said, “We can now take multi-location clients or small cell networks in the major cities and provide a long-haul backhaul embedded into the infrastructure. It adds an additional product to our portfolio that we could not provide if we were regional.”
HFN will join Axiom as part of ExteNet’s Optical Network Solutions Group.
J. Sharpe Smith
J. Sharpe Smith joined AGL in 2007 as contributing editor to the magazine and as editor of eDigest email newsletter. He has 29 years of experience writing about industrial communications, paging, cellular, small cells, DAS and towers. Previously, he worked for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance as editor of the Enterprise Wireless Magazine. Before that, he edited the Wireless Journal for CTIA and he began his wireless journalism career with Phillips Publishing, now Access Intelligence. Sharpe Smith may be contacted at: [email protected]