Oxford Networks Merges with FirstLight Fiber, Part 2: Sovernet Joins

Posted by Rob Williams on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 @ 08:03 AM

Bringing companies together makes everything betterIn our last blog, we announced the merger of Oxford Networks and FirstLight Fiber, which was made possible when Oak Hill Capital Partners acquired Oxford Networks. This development is great news for Oxford customers because it enables us to combine our resources and expertise with those of FirstLight and continue to exceed client expectations. 

In this blog, we share the next step in our business transformation – a collaboration with Sovernet Communications. We will also introduce you to all of our new partners, including FirstLight, Sovernet, and our owners, Oak Hill Capital Partners. 

Bringing Greater Network Coverage in 2017

Oxford Networks’ new partnership with FirstLight was just the beginning of what has been a series of exciting developments. Another merger with Sovernet Communications of Vermont is about to happen, enabling us to be part of one of the most extensive fiber-optic networks in New England. Once the merger with Sovernet is complete, customers will benefit from a fiber-optic network that covers 9,500 route miles, connecting users in 5 states as well as Canada. 

Customers can expect the same high-quality service along with a more extensive reach. After the acquisition of Sovernet is complete, FirstLight will operate more than 5,000 on-net locations and offer greater data center capacity provided by 11 strategically located data centers with 128,000 square feet of space. 

These mergers provide real value to our customers, employees, stakeholders, and the communities in which we serve. Oxford, FirstLight, and Sovernet all share the vision of providing the highest performing and most comprehensive set of communications solutions to help our clients successfully compete in the digital age.

Meet Our Partners

A quick look at Oxford’s new owner and its new partners shows how Oak Hill is actively realizing its vision to create one of the largest communications companies operating in the Northeast. These acquisitions bring together the combined strengths of three exceptional companies.

Oak Hill Capital Partners

The driving force behind these exciting developments, Oak Hill Capital Partners, is a private equity firm managing funds with more than $9.5 billion of initial capital commitments since inception. Oak Hill applies an industry-focused, theme-based appoach to investing in the following sectors: Consumer, Retail & Distribution; Industrials; Media & Communications; and Services. Oak Hill works actively in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational initiatives to create franchise value. 

FirstLight Fiber

Headquartered in Albany, New York, FirstLight Fiber provides fiber optic data, internet, data center, and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers throughout the Northeast. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products featuring a comprehensive portfolio of high bandwidth connectivity solutions including ethernet, wavelength, and dark fiber services as well as dedicated Internet access solutions, data center, cloud, and voice services. FirstLight's clientele includes national cellular providers and wireline carriers and many leading enterprises, spanning high-tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and health care, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments.  

Sovernet Communications

Since 1995, Sovernet has provided telecom and Internet services for government, education, healthcare, and finance agencies, as well as residential customers. Sovernet is Vermont’s largest locally operated provider. They are dedicated to giving the local community access to state-of-the-art fiber-optic technology and growing to meet their customers’ needs. 

Join a Winning Team

Oxford Networks is excited to invite customers to be part of this thrilling new chapter in the story of our business. FirstLight, Sovernet, and Oxford will form the leading fiber-optic provider in the Northeastern U.S., offering a robust and powerful network that provides unparalleled service for our clients. 

Our fiber-optic network expansion is expansive enough to meet the needs of enterprises operating both regionally and globally, yet extensive enough to serve smaller organizations, all backed by prompt and experienced customer support. 

Learn more about how these exciting developments can benefit your business. Reach out to the experts at Oxford Networks today.

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Topics: Data Center, Oxford Networks, FirstLight Fiber, Fiber-optic cable, Acquisition, Merger, Data Center Expantion