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Lightower Acquires ColocationZone, Enterprise-Class Data Center in Chicago

Located downtown in the 725 South Wells data center, 
Lightower continues aggressive expansion in Chicago Area

BOXBOROUGH, MA — March 11, 2015 — Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, announced today that is has acquired ColocationZone – an enterprise-class data center provider in Chicago. ColocationZone is located in the 725 South Wells data center in downtown Chicago, on the South Loop of the city’s Central Business District. Lightower will also be taking over operations of the Meet Me Room for the entire 725 South Wells facility owned by Digital Capital Partners, LLC.

Conveniently located for customers in downtown Chicago, ColocationZone offers enterprise-class data center space with scalable options for cages and cabinets. This state-of-the-art facility also offers access to nine telecommunications carriers, in addition to connectivity on Lightower’s all-fiber network with access to over 8,500 Lightower service locations. Additionally, the 725 South Wells facility offers direct fiber connectivity to the data center at 350 E Cermak, for organizations requiring low latency links between the two locations.

“ColocationZone’s facility in the downtown business district is a great fit for Lightower as we continue to expand in, and invest in, the Chicago market,” stated Lightower CEO and President Rob Shanahan. “Demand for enterprise-class data center services continues to grow in the Chicago market and 725 South Wells provides a perfect alternative to the 350 E. Cermak Road facility. This acquisition also allows us to complement a customer’s data center needs with Lightower’s high capacity network services for enterprises, cloud, content, and carrier customers in the region.”

The new Lightower data center offers:

  • Approximately 6,500 sq. ft. of enterprise-class data center space offering scalable leases of cages and cabinets
  • All new state-of-the-art infrastructure and systems, completed in 2013
  • Downtown Chicago location, great alternative to 350 E. Cermak and other area data centers
  • 24/7 access and security, State-of-the-art fire suppression and security
  • N+1 power and UPS, N+1 cooling, both highly scalable
  • Customers will have access to all-fiber Lightower networking solutions, including access to 8,500+ service locations, 175+ data centers, 40+ financial exchanges, and 250+ carrier hotels and central offices
  • Access to nine service providers, including six lit service providers

“We are pleased to welcome Lightower to our facility and look forward to working with them to provide our current and future customers with the best connectivity available in downtown Chicago,” said Christopher Jensen, Managing Partner of Digital Capital Partners, LLC.

In 2014, Lightower completed an expansion of their all-fiber network throughout downtown and greater Chicago. The Lightower Network is now connected to nearly all major Chicago data centers and financial exchanges, allowing Lightower to network customers to critical resources across the region. Lightower also offers all-fiber networking throughout downtown Chicago, as well as in the surrounding areas, including Elk Grove, Aurora, Skokie, and areas in between.

For more information on Lightower visit www.lightower.com or call 888-LT-FIBER.

About Lightower Fiber Networks

Lightower Fiber Networks is the premier, all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance. Serving enterprise, government, carrier and data center customers, our comprehensive suite of fiber-based solutions is delivered across a robust, dense and highly-reliable network. The company offers over 20,000 route miles of network, providing access to over 8,500 service locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Chicago Metro with connectivity to critical international landing sites. Lightower Fiber Networks is headquartered in Boxborough, MA. For more information, visit www.lightower.com or call 1.888.LT.FIBER.

About ColocationZone

ColocationZone is a Chicago colocation and managed service provider. Our South Loop facility is located in the Digital Capital Partners Data Center, at 725 South Wells Street. ColocationZone offer cabinets, partial cabinets, cages, and private custom suite solutions to meet our customer’s ever changing IT requirements. Located in the connectivity rich Meet Me Room, ColocationZone provides its customers with access to abundant connectivity options. The ColocationZone space was completed in 2013 allowing its customers to depend on reliable infrastructure and an experienced operating team.

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