Network services and dark fiber provider Cleareon has purchased “significant data center assets” in the New York tri-state area.

The company says the deal will allow it to offer front haul - the connection between cell tower radio and the mobile network control backbone - as well as support for distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells, IoT and other wireless systems, and cloud access.


By gaining ownership of data centers, Cleareon is attempting to diversify its offering of physical layer, VPN and IP-based networking. The company wants to build fiber networks from the facilities “directly to enterprise buildings,” Cleareon CEO Cliff Kane said.

”We’re doing this while readying New York City for 5G, IoT and other promising wireless-enabled applications.”

The data centers are an addition to the company’s 30 points of presence in third-party facilities, assembled under its PanMetro Ethernet Ring Platform which connects meet-me-rooms (MMRs) across New York City on 8th Avenue, 60 Hudson Street, 25 Broadway, 75 Broad Street and 32 Avenue of the Americas.

It is unclear who was the previous owner of the assets bought by Cleareon, nor is their exact location, though the purchase follows on a wave of mergers and acquisitions that took place in the New York tri-state area in the first half of 2017, as recorded in a recent study of the US data center market by CBRE. The report notes renewed activity in the area, particularly outside of New York City itself, with increased demand in Orangeburg and Connecticut following a lull caused by superstorm Sandy in 2012.