FiberLight Helps Clear Expand WiMAX To D.C., MD, TX And FL

3G is booming, and the expansion won't stop for years to come. But 4G is already on the minds of tech enthusiasts, and Sprint/Clearwire already have it commercially available to those who live in very specific areas and are willing to pay the premium. LTE, which is the primary WiMAX rival, is expected to launch next year, so Clear is doing as much as they can to expand WiMAX and take advantage of their first-mover status.

Recently, the company announced that there will be WiMAX wireless deployment in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas and Florida, and it will be FiberLight helping them with the cause. FiberLight is known for providing high-performance fiber network infrastructure, and Clear will be using their services to beef up the backbone in those four places.

In fact, Clear already partnered with FiberLight in a bid to cover 80 markets with WiMAX by the end of 2010, and t
he FiberLight network has connected Clearwire’s key aggregation points, existing MTSOs, hundreds of cellular towers and will serve as backbone for millions of future customer. These guys have also shown that they're able to get a network up and running quickly, and with LTE getting closer each day, time is definitely an important aspect right now. Hopefully this friendship will lead to even further expansion in the months to come.

FiberLight provides core fiber backbone support of Clearwire’s CLEAR 4G service multi-state build-out

Clearwire selects FiberLight as Next Generation Network Core Infrastructure Provider for high bandwidth services to 4G mobile technology users in D.C., MD, TX and FL

Alpharetta, GA –FiberLight, LLC, one of the nation’s leading providers of mission critical, high performance fiber optic networks, is partnering with Clearwire Communications to provide core fiber network infrastructure in support of Clearwire’s wireless deployment in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas and Florida.

Clearwire partnered with FiberLight to extend its high performance CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX service across multiple markets as part of its multi-year build out plan to cover 80 markets with broadband access by the end of 2010. With its dense and robust metro network infrastructure, FiberLight was able to provide more than 900 route miles of high capacity optical transport.  The FiberLight network connected Clearwire’s key aggregation points, existing MTSOs, hundreds of cellular towers and will serve as backbone for millions of future customers in the District of Columbia, Texas, Florida and Maryland markets.

By partnering with FiberLight, a leader in optical network engineering, Clearwire has been able to build future expansion capacity into the network while offering continuous connectivity and high bandwidth performance to its mobile broadband customer base across different markets. FiberLight’s rapid deployment of a state-of-the-art combined network solution incorporating dark fiber infrastructure and 10 Gig backhaul provides seamless continuity and low latency for customers while offering Clearwire an integrated and cost-effective end-to-end solution.

FiberLight provides wireless tower site connections, aggregation connectivity and core market backbone across the FiberLight metro network rings. FiberLight has become expert at fiber to the tower builds in response to the demand for mobile backhaul to support increased users of 3G and 4G smart phones and other wireless devices. The growth trend is expected to continue, especially with increased interest in wireless access to IP Video and IPTV, which is driving the amount of bandwidth needed per subscriber exponentially higher.

FiberLight is positioned well for the growth trend. With its 500,000 fiber mile footprint, it offers one of the most extensive private metropolitan networks in the southern half of the United States and supplies connections to many of the key MTSOs, MSCs, data centers, carrier hotels and carrier POP facilities in its vast footprint.

“What sets FiberLight apart from other carriers is our ability to move quickly from the initial order to final turn-up. In Miami, we were able to build a brand new Clearwire connection to the NAP of the Americas within 30 days and provided a 90-day turnaround for a 32-mile optical network build from Miami to Kendall, Florida,” said Ben Edmond, FiberLight EVP of Sales and Marketing. “FiberLight has been in the business of building backhaul capacity to cellular towers for many years. In this instance, we were able to deploy a combination of customized solutions across our deep footprint, which provided Clearwire with the resiliency, sub 2ms redundancy and 99.999% reliability required for mission-critical applications.”


FiberLight is a premier provider of mission critical, high performance networking services including Ethernet, Wavelengths and IP, SONET and Dark Fiber optical transport network solutions. Solutions are provided to telecom carriers, government, enterprise, content providers and web-centric businesses. FiberLight wholly owns its 500,000 fiber mile network in key growth areas and offers robust metro networks in 21 metros within Georgia, Florida, Washington, D.C., Texas, Virginia and Maryland, as well as Wide Area Networking options at layer 1, 2 and 3 to major commercial hubs throughout the country. Visit FiberLight at