Add Dark Fiber to your Back-to-School Shopping List

The fundamental method of teaching our kids hasn’t changed much since the Prussian primary education model was developed in the 1760’s. Hence the persistence of standardized curriculums that homogenize most of the world’s ~1.5B school children into classrooms where students are taught the same lesson solely because they are close in age. Recent advancements in information technology are threatening to disrupt that legacy model. Personalized learning, where students learn through digital applications that leverage AI to generate lessons that adjust to students’ performance in real-time, is becoming increasingly popular. With lessons disseminated this way, teachers will have more time to devote attention to each student and collaborate learning exercises.

Progressive districts across the country are adopting personalized learning strategies aggressively, but the torrent of connected devices flooding schools are rendering administrations unable to keep up with the explosion of bandwidth demand. In a 2016 survey of school district technology officers, conducted by CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), 68%
their districts 
 to meet their district’s 
 18 months. In fact, according to the CoSN, K-12 bandwidth demand is growing at more than 50% per year. Furthermore, managing increases in traditional bandwidth supplied by service providers can often be cumbersome, time consuming and lead to price changes.

Fortunately, there’s a solution and one that auspiciously is supported by the federal government: dark fiber! While useful in many cases, traditional lit networks are out of the questions for schools as we’re only in the very early stages of personalized learning and traditional connectivity is already cost prohibitive at this stage. Dark fiber on the other hand, allows education intuitions to fully control their own network and scale bandwidth up and down as needed for no additional cost. Financially, schools can secure a long-term solution to their bandwidth costs by leasing dark fiber and distribute the expense across decades – a much more digestible and defensible expenditure than traditional pricing that is subject to change as needs naturally change. To help schools procure their own scalable networks, the FCC added dark fiber to its E-rate program in 2014. This means administrations interested in establishing a dark fiber strategy are well-positioned to draw from the $3.9B in yearly subsidies the federal government sets aside to help schools meet their connectivity needs.

At Axiom, we have the network in place to help one of the most coveted public education systems ensure that there’s enough bandwidth here in New York City to transform the way we learn. Fully operational and efficient, with direct access to all of New York City’s major connectivity hubs, Axiom’s network can enable students, administrators and teachers access to a plethora of apps, services and information – right at their fingertips. A personalized classroom is the future of learning, and Axiom Fiber is here to support it.

Getting More Secure With Dark Fiber

For years, financial institutions have been dark fiber enthusiasts. Up until recently, the reasons why have been fairly simple: control and speed, which serve as the key components for increasing or decreasing bandwidth. On Wall Street, having that “predictable ownership economic advantage” could make you millions and set you apart competitively. Couple that with having complete control over the network and the ability to manipulate bandwidth capacity at any given time, and financial institutions find themselves with a major advantage.

In today’s environment, network security breaches are not only talking points within the industry and throughout analyst reporting, but also sWall Streeterve as news bites across mainstream media. As data growth and – in turn – bandwidth needs increase all around the globe, companies are trying to accomplish two things; successfully fulfill their networking and storage needs by assessing and building out their networks, and doing so securely and without disruption to service.

Now financial institutions need to consider dark fiber for more reasons other than ownership economics and bandwidth control. Dark fiber is physically private, which enables users to control the equipment and software they deploy, thereby ensuring the utmost security parameters are met for their specific line of business. Additionally, building out a customized dark fiber network that connects to multiple strategic data center sites meets typical security standards and eliminates the possibility of loss of service.

“ have many hurdles to overcome when implementing a strategy that successfully meets the demands of their business,” comments John Trodden, Jr., SVP of Sales for Axiom Fiber Networks. “Bandwidth control is paramount in an ever-changing environment and having the ability to change bandwidth internally, without engaging your service provider, allows for greater economies of scale. Axiom Fiber provides Wall Street with a resilient, customized network that allows for ultimate control and peace of mind.”

In short, financial workloads require extreme bandwidth and secure connectivity that service providers who sell traditional Ethernet services simply cannot provide. The connection between firms and the data center rely on the speed of the network, and the potentially precarious amounts of data that financial fiMoneyrms control is best suited for a dark fiber network. By partnering with a dark fiber network whose interconnections to customers are competitive,  secure and compliant, is obviously the way to go.

When you’re ready to set yourself apart from other financial institutions on Wall Street, the Axiom sales team is ready to discuss the benefits and resiliency of the dark fiber we provide. We know the impact of downtime and are here to engineer the best solution for your peace of mind. The resilient network is in the dark fiber Axiom delivers with the Speed, Simplicity and Confidence your financial firm deserves.

Contact us today to learn more.

State of the Dark Fiber Union

Today we watch as the 45th President of the United States is inaugurated and instead of taking a step back to reflect on the state of our union, we are reflecting on the state of the dark fiber industry and what’s to come in the year ahead – after all, those tweets don’t share themselves.

Much like our great country, dark fiber has seen its fair share of highs and lows. The industry as a whole is seeing what only can be described as mild saturation, and analysts are predicting more consolidation. At Axiom, we operate within the New York City metro region, which strategically places us at the center of the connectivity universe, butAmerican Flag – not so strategically – also means we are surrounded by similar providers who offer similar services.


It’s not all doom and gloom though, because the truth remains that dark fiber is still in heavy demand and Axiom offers unparalleled service and custom solutions that knock out our competition. As you skim through your 2017 prediction reports, one thing is abundantly clear: data usage is growing exponentially. In the height of the Internet age, not only are financial institutions continuing to report dark fiber as a strategic asset, but government agencies and educational institutions are beginning to invest as well.

As verticals across the country bring their data online, bandwidth management and flexibility becomes essential to supporting heavy workloads. Dark fiber meets those bandwidth-intensive needs. With an ever-growing pool of applications on the rise, and increasingly simplified equipment management options, dark fiber infrastructure promises speed and control, as does Axiom Fiber.light-1502758_1280

For those service providers, enterprises both big and small, and public sector organizations looking to enhance network capabilities at its core, look no further than Axiom Fiber Networks’ dark fiber.

At Axiom Fiber we take a page out of American history and strive to be in business for the people, and that means offering our customers a strong network, without them having to relinquish any control. We pride ourselves on being able to mobilize quickly, change with the technology and adapt to any and all scenarios.

Start operating with speed, simplicity and confidence and contact us today.


2016 – The Strategic Year

Haven’t kept up with our news over the past year? Don’t sweat it because as we turn the corner into 2017, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on what was a very strategic 2016. Our CEO, Felipe Alvarez, said it best when he stated, “It’s the year of the Monkey, expect lots of changes. This year will be really, really interesting.” Boy, was he right

When we entered 2016, Axiom Fiber Networks had just launched a brand new channel partner program, which has since opened many opportunities. We began by extending our reach through our strategic partnerships with Broadband Facility Partners (BFP), LightRiver Technologies and Adams Consulting. It’s our belief that the speed and simplicity that partners feel with Axiom is something that you cannot find with just any vendor – an aspect of our brand that has been an integral part of our success over the past year. As we head into 2017, we hope to continue to grow out our channel partner network, furthering the opportunity for growth and innovation.

Also this year, our VP of Operations, Patti Paulo was recognized by ISE Magazine as a 2016 industry influencer. In case you aren’t familiar with the program, ISE chooses a select number of telecom “influencers” who are asked a variety of questions on an array of topics relating to the industry today. If you happened to miss the articles where Patti spoke to the importance of small cells, strategic real estate for dark fiber and achieving network flexibility, you can read them here.

As you know, it wouldn’t be a successful year without all of those key industry events scattered throughout that our team made a priority to attend. Between our management team, we attended PTC, Metro Connect, Channel Partners, ITW, Telecom Exchange NYC, Marketplace Live and INCOMPAS. At
this stage, we arCiGXaRWUYAATdGs-1e really focused on leveraging and solidifying those essential partnerships that will not only help our customers but our partners’ customers. For that reason alone, these shows were critical and served as the ideal opportunity to foster relationships and assess the state of the industry. “These shows not only allowed us to go after those sophisticated channel partners that we’re hoping to work with, but it also gave us the opportunity to engage with industry thought leaders that we hope to collaborate with as we head into 2017,” comments John Trodden Jr., SVP of Sales.

Interested in finding out more about what Axiom was up to in 2016? Check out the rest of our blog to discover the many reasons we are thankful for  dark fiber as well as how to reap the benefits of our channel partner program. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for even more news! We look forward for what’s to come in the year ahead. Stay tuned…