FiberStreet is Building Roads to Bandwidth

New Tenant's Next-Generation Network Brings Fiber the Last Mile

FiberStreet has leased 14,647 square feet in Chabot Center, located at 4637 Chabot Drive.

By Jay Hipps Editor, Hacienda Network

FiberStreet, a new company offering high speed data network connectivity in major cities nationwide, has leased 14,649 square feet at Chabot Center, 4637 Chabot Drive. The facility, to be occupied next month, will house FiberStreet's network operations center and customer care division.

The company, incorporated in February and funded by venture capitalists including Morgenthaler, Crescendo Ventures, the Special Opportunities Group, and Hallador Venture Partners, is creating the FiberStreet Network, a network built using the latest IP-over-fiber and fixed wireless technologies which will provide easy connectivity to most contemporary computer networks, offering speed and flexibility unmatched by existing networks.

Steven J. Duvaras, vice president of sales, explains FiberStreet's approach and advantages.

"All of the old carrier networks utilize a technology that's based on carrying voice traffic. These networks have essentially been force-fed data and can't keep up with today's increased bandwidth requirements, specifically in the 'last mile,' the distance between the customer's facility and the main network."

The company's new network, though, is specially tailored to large- and medium-sized businesses that are migrating to network-based applications or have other unmet bandwidth requirements.

FiberStreet also offers a high level of customer service, serving as network managers to decrease the burden on clients.

"Let's say you've got four buildings in four different campus areas. What we're able to provide is a plug-and-play system," he says. "We install the routers on site, the customer plugs their ethernet port and Internet card into the back of the router, and we route the data based on their specifications to the locations they need."

Another advantage to the new network will be increased flexibility.

"Our customers will have the ability to manage their own bandwidth and to get bandwidth on demand via a web-accessible graphical user interface," he explains. "If, for example, a company CEO wants to do a videoconference to his different facilities, we can schedule that and make the necessary bandwidth available at that time."

The company is rolling out service to the Bay Area this quarter and plans to operate in 20 metropolitan areas by the end of 2001. The Hacienda facility will serve as network operations center for the entire network, although there are plans for a similar East Coast center at a later date. The new office will initially be staffed by 30 employees and is eventually to hold 70 employees.

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