Lexent Metro Connect, a provider of dark fiber networks in the New York Metropolitan area, has announced the company is experiencing a surge of Chicago-based financial firms utilizing its New York and New Jersey dark fiber routes to connect to major carrier hotels, financial exchanges and financial data centers throughout the metro area.

Known for building and maintaining some of the shortest routes in and around New York, including many with sub 100 microsecond optical delay, Lexent's secure dark fiber is accessible in such key carrier hotels as 165 Halsey Street, Newark, NJ; 755 Secaucus Rd., Secaucus, NJ; and 300 Boulevard East, Weehawken, NJ among others. With one fast connection, firms can utilize Lexent Metro Connect’s dark fiber to reach financial exchanges, banks, trading firms and back-up data centers in key New York and New Jersey facilities. By deploying Lexent dark fiber, major financial firms are able to realize low latency network benefits quickly without the additional expense and time of building their own dark fiber networks in the area.

Chicago-based financial institutions, often colocated in 350 E. Cermak, Chicago, already have a variety of network connections in and around New York, such as at 60 Hudson in New York City, 165 Halsey Street in Newark, 300 Boulevard East in Weehawken, 275 Hartz Way in Secaucus, and 5851 West Side in North Bergen. At any of these locations, firms can access Lexent’s New York metro dark fiber to connect to over 100 major carrier hotels, exchanges, banks and enterprise buildings. Lexent's diverse footprint enables expanded reach and robust network architectures.

“Today's financial institutions require ultra low latency connectivity to establish market leadership in the competitive financial and algorithmic trading arenas,” states Ray La Chance, President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect. “Firms with a network strategy encompassing dark fiber, when coupled with other low latency equipment, can achieve significant competitive advantages.”