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TOWARDEX Invests in Major Upgrade to Strategic Boston Area Network Hub

TOWARDEX is putting Boston on the map. The Boston-based network provider, together with  Massachusetts Internet Exchange (MASS IX), announces the completion of a historic upgrade to underground utilities in Somerville’s Inner Belt. By increasing capacity, speeds, peering interconnections, and directly connecting terrestrial routes to Lynn, Massachusetts’ subsea cable landing station, the project positions Boston as a potential Tier 1 megacity.

Demand for high-bandwidth fiber capacity is booming at an unprecedented pace in this region. To fortify Boston’s growing share of the global internet traffic linking North America to Europe, TOWARDEX embarked upon new construction of underground fiber optic utilities: the Hub Express System. This system is a “Joint Use Communications Trench”, where the entire conduit system operates on an open-leasing model, making its rights-of-way available to ALL licensed telecommunications and internet service providers. 

“Boston has finally joined the elite ‘Tier-1 club’ of megacities for global internet traffic in North America. By constructing a new high-capacity Joint Trench and inviting all telecom providers to jump in, we’re enhancing competition and ensuring that everyone in the market will have access to multitude of network and data center providers in our region,” stated Gavin Schoch, General Manager of TWDX Infrastructure.

The system adds more than 135 new fiber optic cables to the area’s underground infrastructure, vastly increasing overall capacity and competition for data center interconnections and telecommunications services. 

“Historically in Boston, getting access to interconnection ecosystems and underground duct space for fiber optic communications has been challenging, particularly for new providers seeking to break into our market. The Hub Express System addresses this by reducing the large capital requirements to build fiber optic networks, and delivering on our vision for a fair, free and open internet infrastructure for everyone, where innovation can truly thrive,” stated James Jun, Chief Operating Officer of TOWARDEX.

Known as the Inner Belt in Somerville, Massachusetts, the area is a booming high-tech industrial hub for biotech, R&D, and carrier-neutral data centers for the region’s internet infrastructure. Inner Belt offers the most direct and quickest terrestrial fiber route to link the Boston metropolitan area to the Cable Landing Station in Lynn, MA, connecting to transatlantic cables between North America and Europe.

TOWARDEX specializes in data center interconnections and high-bandwidth fiberoptic communications. Follow TOWARDEX on Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information about the Hub Express System, visit https://infrastructure.twdx.net.

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