DF&I Selects Hylan as Prime Contractor for New 85-Mile High Capacity Conduit and Fiber Network Build in Northern Virginia


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New fiber route will create diversity and scalability in the area with a 100% underground connection between Ashburn and Manassas.

Hylan, a market leading provider of specialized communications engineering and construction services, announces today that its Down Under Construction (DUC) division will partner with DF&I, a pure play wholesale provider of dark fiber and conduit networks, to build a new 100% underground direct fiber route between Ashburn and Manassas, Va. To date, the new Ashburn to Manassas project has broken ground, is ahead of schedule and expected to keep the DUC work crews engaged for the next 18 months.

This new deployment continues to expand the long-term relationship between Hylan/DUC and DF&I.  Nearing completion on the initial DF&I regional project, Hylan has been providing the premium labor resources to successfully install the project’s conduit, handholes and fiber optic cable to create a new fiber route, which connects the TierPoint data center in Linthicum Heights, Md. to one of the world’s premier data center markets in Ashburn, Va. 

The project from Ashburn to Linthicum provides the most direct, low latency scalable, 100% underground connection between the I-95 corridor south of Baltimore and the Cloud Ecosystems that reside in Ashburn utilizing its unique Potomac River Crossing located directly north of Ashburn.

“Creating true hyperscale infrastructure is complex with little to no margin for error,” says Judd Carothers, Founder & COO of DF&I. “Choosing the right partner is absolutely critical when your business depends on delivering a best-in-class network that not only meets the customer demands of today, but is future proofed because of understanding the needs of tomorrow. Hylan has both the local knowledge and in-house resources needed to support a build of this magnitude, and to carry it out on time and within budget.”

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