Network Provider Delivers the "Missing Link" Between New York and New Jersey–A Diverse–Non-Commuter Tunnel-Hudson River Crossing-for Telecommunications Network Operators and Users

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Lexent Metro Connect activates fiber optic cable in New telecommunications pipeline "bore" crossing the Hudson River.

Lexent Metro Connect, LLC (LMC) today announced it has activated the first fiber optic cable through a recently installed secure telecommunications pipeline "bore" crossing under the Hudson River from mid-town Manhattan to New Jersey.

The fiber optic river crossing, referred to as "LX1," offers network operators a completely new option for New York-New Jersey route diversity through the considerably less exposed Hudson River Crossing, LLC pathway than the traditional commuter tunnel crossings (Holland, Lincoln, Path, Amtrak Tunnels) previously available.

"The implementation of the LX1 crossing comes in direct response to Wall Street’s concern about attacks and catastrophes effecting public and private critical infrastructure, and the need for more secure telecommunications routes from New York to its datacenters in New Jersey and further West," said Ray La Chance, Managing Director of Lexent Metro Connect.

The hybrid LX1 cable is composed of the latest Corning optical fiber technologies including SMF-28e, LEAF and MetroCor and supports very low signal loss connectivity from any point on the LMC Dark Fiber Network to its interconnection point in New Jersey. Additionally, to minimize circuit delivery time and cost, a portion of LX1 has been pre-configured to provide connectivity from key New York City telecommunications access points at 60 Hudson St., 111 Eighth Ave., 32 Avenue of the Americas and 601 W 26th Street, to the Digital Realty Trust datacenter and co-location facility located at 300 Blvd E in Weehawken, New Jersey. The facility serves equally well as hosting location or meet-me point to diversify systems and access. Current telecommunications carriers and datacenter providers serving the facility include Abovenet, ConEd Communications, Level(3), Looking Glass, Savvis, and Verizon.

"The activation of this new Hudson River crossing cable underscores Lexent’s long term commitment to providing our clients with solutions to cost-effectively expand and enhance their metropolitan New York optical network infrastructure with turn-key diversity, security and performance options" said Hugh O’Kane, Jr., Chairman of Lexent Inc.

About Lexent Metro Connect, LLC

Lexent Metro Connect, LLC (LMC) is a leading provider of dark fiber infrastructure and has deployed and operates one of the most extensive optical fiber networks in the New York metropolitan area. LMC fiber connects major Carrier Hotels, Central Offices and enterprise buildings with diverse optical-fiber pathways enabling private and public network operators to deploy the latest network technologies including DWDM, CWDM, Metro Ethernet and advanced SONET systems in ring and meshed topologies.

In addition to working with major telecommunications carriers, LMC also offers its fiber optic infrastructure directly to enterprise customers interested in implementing their own optical communications networks. LMC Dark Fiber solutions enable clients to "take control" and deploy metropolitan optical networks supporting high capacity MetroLAN, Local Loop Bypass and Data Center Networking applications with virtually unlimited, un-metered bandwidth at a fixed fee.

About Lexent Inc.

Lexent Inc. is a leading provider of outsourced local telecommunications and enterprise network solutions. Lexent offers a complete turnkey service solution, which includes the design, deployment, maintenance, and upgrade of telecommunications networks for its clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company's principal focus is to provide the expertise and resources its customers need to build and connect their networks to other local and long distance carriers and to individual end users. Its Web address is


Ray La Chance

Lexent Metro Connect, LLC

(212) 981-0761 (Office)

(518) 281-8734 (cell)

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