New England-based colocation service provider FirstLight Fiber announced in early May that its newly remodeled New Hampshire data center was open for business.
The New Hampshire data center was extensively rebuilt and a conference center and additional office space was added to the facility. The refurbished building was acquired in the summer of 2014 after FirstLight purchased Internet service provider G4 Communications. The purchase of G4 provided FirstLight with a state-of-the-art network operations center that is now being used as one of the company's hubs.
The site offers 14,000 square feet of available space within an industrial building in Manchester, New Hampshire. The facility's core infrastructure was already in place when FirstLight acquired it, but upgrades were made to bring the hardware up to date. The HVAC system was refurbished, new server racks were added and the generator was upgraded to offer enough capacity to provide power throughout a four-day outage. FirstLight hopes to use the New Hampshire data center as a major carrier hotel for the whole state, serving carriers like FairPoint and AT&T, as well as providing bandwidth for major wireless carriers.
The acquisition of G4 was nothing new for the company, as FirstLight was created out of the merger of multiple smaller communication specialists. Riverside Partners, a private equity firm based in Boston, combined Tech Valley Communications and segTel in 2011 and added TelJet Longhaul in 2013 to create FirstLight.
FirstLight has been expanding its footprint in recent months, both through acquisitions and internally. With the purchase of G4 and the New Hampshire data center, the company now controls 215,000 miles of fiber-optic connections that server 1,500 buildings in New York, New England and Quebec.
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