Press Release

Electric Lightwave Doubles Network Long-Haul Routes

May 9, 2016

Expansion of Long-Haul Routes Provide Customers With Greater Options for High-Bandwidth & Low Latency Transport

Vancouver, Wash. – May 9, 2016 – Electric Lightwave™, provider of world class fiber-based, networking and technology solutions, announced today that it has doubled its network long-haul routes and capabilities. The expansion reflects Electric Lightwave’s focus on strategic fiber asset investments to address rising customer demands for high-bandwidth access to cloud services and data centers. Electric Lightwave’s innovative approach to deploying advanced technologies throughout its network architecture, combined with on-going new builds and its acquisition of opticAccess, offers its customers the largest and most differentiated fiber network in the western U.S.

With multiple direct routes available between major West Coast metro areas and cable landing stations, Electric Lightwave customers have more diverse, low latency route options, allowing them the choice of bypassing heavy traffic paths commonly used by other carriers. For example, a cloud provider is achieving less than 8 millisecond round-trip latency between Los Angeles (LA) and the Bay Area through the use of 100g Wavelength services on both of Electric Lightwave’s unique fiber routes.

“We continue to enhance the strengths of our network by deploying advanced technologies throughout our architecture to meet the exponential growth in bandwidth demand,” said Dan Stoll, president of Electric Lightwave. “Enabling our first customer with 200G capabilities on one of our many unique long haul routes is another example of how we deliver solutions that effectively combine the strength of our network with innovative technologies to effectively address our customers’ needs for low latency, high bandwidth service. Deploying Ciena’s 200G solution is helping us meet constantly changing bandwidth requirements driven by increasing volumes of digital content. We are already seeing significant demand from existing and new customers along our routes.”

Electric Lightwave is the only provider with two unique routes between LA and the Bay Area with access to key cable landing stations. From Seattle to LA, Electric Lightwave offers a dense infrastructure architected to deliver the high bandwidth capacity and diversity its customers require for transporting their critical data.

The Electric Lightwave network offers route options that include:

  • Three direct routes between LA and the Bay Area terminating in different buildings with the capability of combining segments of the three routes to create a custom, diverse, fourth route
  • A direct route from the Bay Area to Hillsboro, Oregon, bypassing Portland, Oregon, enabling direct access to a key Oregon data center cluster and cable landing station

“We continue to build on the strengths of our network to offer our customers a highly differentiated solution that blends diverse network routes, direct access along key West Coast corridors, built-in reliability and security,” said Dan Stoll, president of Electric Lightwave. “With the opticAccess acquisition and our ability to leverage advanced data networking technologies across our network, we have significantly increased route diversity for our customers.”

With a culture of network development and customer service, the company has also created simple tools to assist customers in identifying the best route and service options to meet their complex needs. Electric Lightwave offers an extensive range of services that include Ethernet, high capacity Wavelength Services, and Spectrum technology for virtually unlimited bandwidth.

In addition to expanding long-haul route options, the company recently constructed a new route to Quincy, Washington, one of the largest data center clusters in the country. The Electric Lightwave network also supports access to more than 3,500 fiber lit enterprise premises and large multi-tenant buildings including more than 100 data centers, offering carrier-grade solutions to meet increasing capacity demands.

About Electric Lightwave™
Electric Lightwave™, serves as a trusted network infrastructure partner to enterprises, government agencies and carriers in select markets throughout the western United States. We combine dense metro and intercity fiber assets and enterprise-grade network solutions such as Ethernet, Wavelengths and IP, with a highly responsive and easy-to-do-business-with approach. Electric Lightwave offers a premium service experience to match our premium network infrastructure solutions. For more information, visit




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