FirstLight, a regional fiber network operator serving the northeastern U.S., has acquired ColoSpace, a provider of IT services, cloud services and disaster recovery in New England.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ColoSpace is almost 20 years old, according to Aaron Sawchuk, the company’s co-founder and chairman. He will join FirstLight to lead its data center and cloud business.

“The acquisition of ColoSpace fits well with our strategy of continuing to enhance our capabilities, and as such, it is an ideal match. Its data centers, located in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, are in the heart of our service territory, and in fact, are currently connected to FirstLight’s fiber network. ColoSpace’s product portfolio is not only complementary but deepens and expands our service portfolio,” said Kurt Van Wagenen, President and CEO of FirstLight. “Now that this transaction is complete, we have added four data centers, with nearly 20,000 square feet of space, to our 11 existing, strategically located facilities. In addition, ColoSpace’s expertise in cloud and managed IT services will enhance our capabilities to the benefit of our customers.”

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FirstLight is headquartered in Albany, NY. It provides fiber optic data, data center, cloud and unified communications services to enterprises and carriers. It has almost 9,000 locations in service, with more than 30,000 locations serviceable from its 15,000 route mile network.

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FirstLight Network Map (Source: FirstLight website)

FirstLight has had a very busy year.

  • In July, the company acquired Todd Cable Construction in order to enhance its ability to grow by new construction as opposed to provider acqusition. The two companies had a preexisting relationship.
  • In June, FirstLight introduced Veeam-powered Disaster Recovery-as-a-service. The offering is a one-stop shop for backup and disaster recovery.
  • In May, the company acquired the Maine Fiber Company, operator of a 1,300-route mile open access dark fiber middle mile network throughout Maine.
  • Earlier in the month, FirstLight announced an expansion of its relationship with the Albany Times Union Center and the facilities operator, SMG. It will expand its fiber-based voice and data services to the Albany-based venue.
  • Also in May, FirstLight was expanding services in Maine by 10%. It specifically mentioned the downtown business district of Biddeford-Saco, which will get fiber-based, dedicated, symmetrical Internet service with speeds of up to 100 Gbps.
  • In January, the company introduced FirstLight Managed Edge, a single approach for device connectivity and management.

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