Zayo Acquires LiteCast in Baltimore

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Zayo Group, LLC a provider of fiber-based bandwidth infrastructure services and carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection services, has acquired Litecast/Balticore, LLC, a provider of metro bandwidth infrastructure services, for $22 million.

Kathryn Goldman of Goldman & Minton, P.C. represented LiteCast in the transaction which closed at the end of 2012.

Litecast, based out of Baltimore’s Emerging Technology Center, owns and operates the leading Baltimore metropolitan fiber network, connecting over 110 on-net buildings, including all of the city’s major datacenters and carrier hotel facilities. Litecast is focused on providing dark fiber and Ethernet-based services to a concentrated set of Baltimore enterprise and governmental customers, particularly within the healthcare and education segments.

The acquisition extends Zayo’s fiber network in the greater Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, complementing the recently acquired AboveNet and FiberGate networks in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area.

Zayo will offer Litecast customers its suite of Bandwidth Infrastructure products across its regional, national and international fiber networks. Additionally, Zayo will now offer Baltimore fiber-based services to its large base of wireless and wireline carrier customers.

“The Litecast acquisition further strengthens Zayo’s fiber presence in the increasingly important Baltimore-Washington metropolitan market,” says Dan Caruso, President and CEO of Zayo Group. “By combining the former AboveNet, FiberGate and Litecast networks, Zayo has the premier fiber assets in the mid-Atlantic region.”

Due to Litecast’s concentrated network geography, focused product set and size, Zayo has already completed many of the planned integration activities. And given the concentration of Baltimore customers, Zayo is maintaining a strong local presence in the Baltimore market.

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