What Does the Future Hold for Cleareon? Cliff Kane Sits Down with Telecom Ramblings

What Does the Future Hold for Cleareon? Cliff Kane Sits Down with Telecom Ramblings

Our own Cliff Kane recently sat down with Telecom Ramblings to discuss what the future holds for Cleareon in the upcoming year and beyond.  As a newer provider in the New York City metro area and with its recent acquisition of Pangaea Networks, Cleareon has made significant strides since the company’s establishment.

Cleareon’s acquisition of Pangaea – which was dubbed as a “very strategic” move - extends Cleareon’s footprint past Manhattan and into New Jersey. With one notable expansion under its belt, many are wondering what else is in store for the company. Cliff Kane, Co-CEO, describes the opportunity of expansion as something that will become probable once specific traffic thresholds are met, further noting that there are areas for a PoP expansion later this year as well.

Also on the agenda for Cleareon is an initiative to tailor solutions specifically for commercial real estate owners. This is a priority for Kane, who recognizes the likelihood of owners needing to invest in wireless and wireline services in order to keep pace with growing connectivity demands.

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Cleareon is New York Real Estate Journal's "Company of the Month"

Cleareon is New York Real Estate Journal's "Company of the Month"

Cleareon Fiber Networks:
Connectivity with Clarity

We're proud to share with you an excerpt from our "Company of the Month" feature in today's newly released edition of the New York Real Estate Journal.

In the modern-day commercial real estate market, connectivity is just as important as location. In fact, for many prospective tenants, connectivity may even be more important. As strong broadband and wireless connectivity are critical for business operations, today’s businesses also demand connectivity choices.

Enter Cleareon Fiber Networks.

Recently, two telecom visionaries set forth on a mission to democratize the telecom industry, and bring new connectivity opportunities to commercial real estate property owners and their tenants in and around the NYC metro area. Co-CEOs Cliff Kane and Michael Collado, backed by NYC real estate developers at Taconic Investment Partners and private equity firm Dubilier & Co., decided to make access to connectivity easier, quicker and without restrictions for commercial real estate owners, service providers and large enterprises. Cleareon brings unbiased clarity to connectivity.

After two years of acquiring and building infrastructure, back office systems and obtaining franchises from NYC, Cleareon Fiber Networks launched in September of 2016 as a network services provider that is rapidly gaining credibility for pioneering a new, transparent and straightforward way of doing business. For years, the conventional way of shopping for connectivity has limited businesses to choosing between just one or two “old-school” telcos. Cleareon changed that – offering building owners and businesses more choices when it comes to fiber connectivity in their buildings.

Cleareon’s dark fiber and lit (Ethernet) services enable its customers access to hundreds of digital service providers, including traditional telcos, as well as wireless carriers, cloud service providers, big data companies, storage networks, international carriers, social networks, financial market services and content networks. The company can also implement In-Building Wireless, Small Cell & DAS Solutions.

Cleareon works with building owners to enable them to meet their tenant’s demands for connectivity that is fast, dependable, and without restrictions.

Read the full article here: http://reader.mediawiremobile.com/NYREJ/issues/200196/viewer?page=15.

Cleareon is pioneering flexible solutions that ensure property owners are prepared to meet the wireless and wireline connectivity needs of the most demanding tenants

Cleareon is pioneering flexible solutions that ensure property owners are prepared to meet the wireless and wireline connectivity needs of the most demanding tenants

Cleareon Co-CEO to Speak at Metro Connect USA 2017

Cleareon Co-CEO to Speak at Metro Connect USA 2017

The Cleareon team is heading to Miami! Capacity's Metro Connect USA 2017,  heralded as the 'must-attend event for the US metro market,' kicks off January 30 and ends February 1.

Cleareon Co-CEO Cliff Kane will speak on the event's first panel, "CEO INTERVIEWS: STEPS TO CREATING TOMORROW'S METRO MARKET" taking place Monday, January 31 from 10 am to 11 am.

Cleareon Fiber Networks offers dark fiber and Lit services connecting the New York tri-state area’s preeminent carrier hotels, exchanges and data centers where our customers can access hundreds of service providers.

Cleareon Fiber Networks offers dark fiber and Lit services connecting the New York tri-state area’s preeminent carrier hotels, exchanges and data centers where our customers can access hundreds of service providers.

The panel, moderated by Andrew Lipman, Partner, MORGAN, LEWIS & BOCKIUS, will discuss revenue opportunities in VAS:

• What are the next steps to effectively monetizing the network?
• How are the changes in backhaul and network densification affecting current metro providers?
• What are metro players strategies towards partnering and integration of edge data centers and dark vs. lit services?
• What is the role of metro providers in the role of 5G?

The panel will also address potential upcoming industry challenges:
• How are metro providers addressing increasingly complex demands from the enterprises and carrier customers they serve?
• How are cable companies still posing a challenge to the established metro business model?
• What are the newest technologies affecting the market?

In addition to Cliff, other panelists include Dave Schaeffer, Founder & CEO, COGENT COMMUNICATIONS; Bob Udell, President & CEO, CONSOLIDATED COMMUNICATIONS; and
Timothy G. Biltz, President & Chief Executive Officer,  LUMOS NETWORKS.

This panel and event is surely not to miss! For more information, visit http://www.capacityconferences.com/Metro-Connect-USA.html.

Hope to see you there!

INCOMPAS Fall 2016: Cleareon Talks to JSA TV on Pangaea Acquisition

INCOMPAS Fall 2016: Cleareon Talks to JSA TV on Pangaea Acquisition

As Cleareon Fiber Networks' Co-CEO, I had the pleasure to sit down and talk with JSA TV and our new Cleareon Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, and former CEO of Pangaea Networks, Kevin Rocks. Live from the Fall 2016 INCOMPAS Show, Kevin and I provide executive insight into the company and our recent successful acquisition of Pangaea Networks.  Now, with one connection, service providers and enterprises can choose local, national and global services from the world’s leading telecom carriers. Watch to learn more on the acquisition and what's ahead for 2017. Looking forward to a great year!

Welcome to the team, Pangaea Networks!

Welcome to the team, Pangaea Networks!

Cleareon has just announced our acquisition of Pangaea Networks, a provider of metro Ethernet services in the NYC metro region, creating a complete optical and Ethernet offering for service providers and large enterprise customers.

So why this deal, and why now? According to IHS Infonetics (NYSE: IHS) the demand for 1 Gigabit, 2.5 Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, 40 Gigabit and 100 Gigabit optical and Ethernet ports is growing at an unprecedented rate, a leading indicator for continued rapid growth of the overall fiber services market.

New York City’s economy is thriving and the city itself is investing in programs to attract more and more technology companies. While the financial markets have changed, and financial trading technology has changed with it, the Fin Tech revolution is driving more and more innovation which requires real-time data processing over secure high speed and highly available networks, often low latency networks when seconds can mean millions.

In the city, dozens of hospitals and medical universities are doing research that can change the way we live and heal. New York City is also a leader in Smart City technology, including its roll out of programs that are turning what were “phone booths” into WiFi hotspots, charging stations, and multimedia communications hubs.  

New York City has long been revered as one of the media and entertainment capitals of the world, and as more and more content is streaming and on-demand, given the tremendous disruption in “scheduled TV,” even the most advanced fiber optic networks rolled out over the last ten years are now straining to deliver for businesses and consumers.

According to a recent report by Insight Research Corp., the U.S. Public Ethernet market alone is expected to surpass $10 billion in size this year, driven by strong bandwidth demand. And a big chunk of that Ethernet market is right here in Manhattan and its densely populated surroundings.

While the scope of the Ethernet market opportunity is massive overall, Cleareon, now combined with Pangaea is ideally situated to address the New York metro area, which has the largest telecom spend in the world.

The Center for Urban Future’s report titled New Tech City outlined the resurgence of the tech community in New York and lack of adequate bandwidth.

Moreover, in the span of the last five years, the dark fiber industry has steadily built up its annual revenue to more than $1 billion at a CAGR of 11 percent, according to research from IBISWorld. Growth is expected to continue well into 2020, driven by:
1.    the rise of real time multimedia streaming and on-demand services
2.    massive expansion of private and public cloud services
3.    growth of mobile traffic supported by fiber particularly in metro areas
4.    the exponential growth of the Internet of Things
5.    the advancement of digital services in applications including smart cities (in highly populated areas in particular, including New York City)
6.    growth of digital technology companies, and
7.    the growth of digital services inside of traditional large enterprises including in the financial services, pharma, healthcare, media and entertainment verticals.  

In alignment with the growth of dark fiber is the demand for “lit fiber” in tens of thousands of buildings in NYC and the surrounding metro area. Whether access to fiber is deployed through Ethernet over Private Line (EPL), over Sonet (EoS) or over Private Network (EPN), Ethernet services are solving the need for last mile quality, performance, security and resiliency.

So why has Cleareon’s team and our investors made this move at this time?

As demand for network capacity, speed and security continues to grow, particularly in New York City and surrounding areas densely populated with enterprises whose digital businesses are growing, Cleareon is now able to provision, manage and expand ultra-high speed access and transport network services which are becoming increasingly “mission critical” to so many enterprises, start-ups and consumers.

Thanks for following us as Cleareon continues to act on its vision and strategy to bring the best of both worlds – dark and lit fiber – to service providers and enterprises in the city that never sleeps and beyond. We also represent a vibrant channel to telecom service providers whose networks can help customers that connect to the Cleareon fiber network go anywhere in the world.

Welcome GENBAND and CyrusOne to the new Cleareon Advisory Board

David A. Walsh, President, CEO and Chairman, GENBAND

David A. Walsh, President, CEO and Chairman, GENBAND

Earlier this month, we announced the creation of our new Cleareon Advisory Board. We are excited for our new Cleareon Fiber Networks Advisory Board, led by industry veterans who will provide strategic recommendations and guidance for our company. We're excited to officially introduce, as the first two appointed members of the Cleareon Advisory Board, David A. Walsh, President, CEO and Chairman of GENBANDTM, and Tesh Durvasula, Chief Commercial Officer of CyrusOne.

Tesh Durvasula, Chief Commercial Officer, CyrusOne

Tesh Durvasula, Chief Commercial Officer, CyrusOne

Valued for objectivity, point of view and relevant experience, the Cleareon Advisory Board further strengthens our company with the engagement of Mr. Walsh and Mr. Durvasula. We are extremely fortunate to welcome Mr. Walsh and Mr. Durvasula, both duly recognized for their prominence in the telecom industry and distinguished careers of creating substantial shareholder value as serial entrepreneurs, chief executives and investors. Their combined experience and knowledge will assist us in charting Cleareon’s future, and ensure a prevailing acceptance of Cleareon’s mission to provide a new, transparent and straightforward way of doing business.

The Cleareon Advisory Board also exists to allow us to foster new business opportunities via strategic introductions to potential partners, customers and vendors.

“Advisory boards play key roles in advocacy, objective advisory, mentorship and inspiration,” adds Michael Collado, co-CEO of Cleareon. “We are genuinely honored to have Mr. Walsh and Mr. Durvasula on our board, and are excited about the invaluable contribution that each will make to Cleareon’s overall success.”

Read more here.

VIDEO: Cleareon at TEX NYC 2016 - Fiber & The City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds

VIDEO: Cleareon at TEX NYC 2016 - Fiber & The City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds

This CEO Roundtable "Fiber & The City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds In and Around NYC" from TEX NYC 2016 features: Cliff Kane, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Cleareon Fiber Networks; Vincenzo ‘Enzo’ Clemente, President & Chief Executive Officer of Cross River Fiber; and Ray La Chance, President & Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks, and is moderated by Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director of Bank Street.

The City is alive with builds these days, and there are multiple providers constructing fiber routes to and from key colo sites and multi-dwelling buildings, across the rivers, and throughout the boroughs, Long Island and Northern New Jersey. But is there enough need to justify all these projects and the corresponding spend? Lukaj sits down with the major dark fiber players in the area to talk details, including the drivers and benefits for these new networks, the challenges within the competitive marketplace and the new opportunities on the horizon.

Watch the video above or here.

Cleareon to Provide Dark Fiber at Telehouse Chelsea Facility in New York City

Cleareon to Provide Dark Fiber at Telehouse Chelsea Facility in New York City

We are excited to officially announce that Cleareon Fiber Networks has established a Point of Presence at Telehouse's85 10th Avenue Chelsea Data Center to offer high quality dark fiber services. The service will be available in Q4 2016. Telehouse is a global leader for Data Centers, International Internet Exchanges and Managed IT services.

As our customers, partners and friends already know, Cleareon’s dark fiber network is accessible in a number of facilities in addition to Telehouse, ready to cross-connect to hundreds of wired and wireless carriers, cloud and media companies, financial networks and content providers. By establishing a new PoP at Telehouse, Telehouse customers are granted instant access to just about any place and any service in the digital world.  Cleareon can custom build fiber optic network solutions that are secure, diverse and cost optimized.

We will keep you posted on more Telehouse news as our service becomes available. In the meantime. please do not hesitate to contact us!

Read Telehouse coverage here: http://www.telehouse.com/2016/07/cleareon-provide-dark-fiber-telehouse-chelsea-facility-new-york-city/.

TEXciting News from Telecom Exchange for Cleareon

TEXciting News from Telecom Exchange for Cleareon

June 22, 2016 in New York City was certainly a great day for Cleareon. In addition to announcing our exciting news that we have established Points of Presence in Digital Realty’s NYC1, NYC2 and NYC3 data centers, the Cleareon team attended the Telecom Exchange (TEX) NYC event at Cipriani Wall Street. Our Co-CEO Cliff Kane also joined other regional dark fiber players, Cross River Fiber and ZenFi Networks, as well as Unifi Communications on the TEX event's CEO roundtable titled, "Fiber & the City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds In and Around NYC." Stay tuned for video coverage of the CEO roundtable that showcases Cliff's expertise on dark fiber and this engaging discussion on the drivers and benefits for new dark fiber networks.

While at TEX, the Cleareon team also had a productive day of networking. Cliff Kane also took the opportunity to speak to JSA TV. In the JSA TV interview below, Cliff provides an overview of Cleareon, our key differentiators as a dark fiber player in NYC, as well as touches on our recent Digital Realty-Telx "NYC Trifecta" news. Watch below:

What's Driving Dark Fiber in NYC?

What's Driving Dark Fiber in NYC?

Cleareon to Join Dark Fiber Roundtable at
Telecom Exchange (TEX) NYC June 21-22

Cliff Kane, Co-CEO, Cleareon Fiber Networks

Cliff Kane, Co-CEO, Cleareon Fiber Networks

We're excited to have our Co-CEO, Cliff Kane, speak at the upcoming Telecom Exchange (TEX) NYC event's CEO Roundtable, “Fiber and the City: Analyzing the Need for New Metro Dark Fiber Builds In and Around NYC."  The not-to-miss panel takes place June 22 from 1:20 pm to 2:05 pm. Telecom Exchange, held June 21-22 at Cipriani Wall Street, is the premier industry networking event where communications and technology meet.

Cliff looks forward to bringing his extensive dark fiber expertise and more than 30 years of telecom industry experience to the TEX fiber-focused CEO roundtable. He joins the roundtable with other NYC metro area dark fiber players, including Vincenzo Clemente, President & CEO for Cross River Fiber; Adrian Shatku, CEO for Unifi Communications; and Ray LaChance, President & CEO for ZenFi Networks. The roundtable is moderated by Richard Lukaj, Senior Managing Director for Bank Street. On the panel, Cliff and fellow panelists will discuss burgeoning fiber routes throughout the NYC metro area, and assess the need to justify the new projects. The panel will also focus on drivers and benefits for these new networks, the challenges within the competitive marketplace and the new opportunities on the horizon.

The discussion is bound to be highly engaging - and Cliff will share more info on the growing dark fiber demands in the NYC metro area - and how Cleareon is capturing these new opportunities as the player that brings transparency to an otherwise opaque market."

To request an onsite meeting with Cliff Kane and the Cleareon Fiber Networks team at Telecom Exchange NYC, email info@cleareon.com.

For more information Telecom Exchange NYC, visit http://www.thetelecomexchange.com. Hope to see you there!

Lots of Buzz Around New Cleareon PoP at 111 8th Ave NYC

Lots of Buzz Around New Cleareon PoP at 111 8th Ave NYC

On May 9, at ITW 2016, we officially announced our network expansion via our new Point of Presence (PoP) in Digital Realty’s 111 8th Avenue colocation facility.  We wanted to share some great coverage that we received of the news.

New York Real Estate Journal - Cleareon Fiber Networks establishes Point of
Presence in Digital Realty’s 111 8th Avenue colocation facility

Telecom Ramblings - Metro Bytes: Wilcon, Cleareon, Lightpath, Neutral Path
Mission Critical Magazine - Cleareon Fiber Networks Establishes PoP In Digital Realty's New York Data Center
CIO Review - Cleareon Fiber Networks to Flourish by Adding Point of Presence in Digital Realty's Colocation Facility

The Capacity ITW Show Daily also had a nice featured article (see photo).

With a newly established PoP, Digital Realty’s customers can now conveniently access Cleareon’s dark fiber network, which is ready to cross-connect to hundreds of wired and wireless carriers, clouds, media companies, financial networks and content providers.

Read full release here.

Cleareon Talks to JSA TV

Cleareon Talks to JSA TV

I had the pleasure of officially kicking off Cleareon's busy spring events season at INCOMPAS Spring 2016. In this short video clip, I talk to to JSA TV at INCOMPAS about the company’s growth so far in 2016 and future network expansion plans. Give it a watch here!

Cleareon Dark Fiber Now Available at 325 Hudson in NYC!

Cleareon Dark Fiber Now Available at 325 Hudson in NYC!

Last month, we were excited to declare our rebranding of Phoenix Fiber Network to Cleareon Fiber Networks. Cleareon is a metro dark fiber provider that is pioneering a new, transparent and straightforward way of doing business. We offer a dense fiber network that connects New York’s preeminent data centers and carrier hotels where customers can access hundreds of service providers.

Today, we are proud to announce our official expansion of our network via our new Point of Presence (PoP) at 325 Hudson, a Netrality Property and leading carrier hotel in New York City. Our newly established PoP provides another access point for both Cleareon and 325 Hudson customers, and demonstrates Cleareon's continued investment into our dark fiber network. Cleareon is now in a position to access a dynamic customer ecosystem, including media companies, which is a rapidly developing target market for us. 

Stay tuned to this blog for fun and interesting industry-related articles, and of course, exciting announcements and network expansion developments from Cleareon!