Where's the real fiber? Santa Monica - Part VI

            Santa Monica is one of my most favorite cities to visit and do business in. It is well known globally for its iconic 3rd street promenade and for its up and coming business community. Not to mention the pier is really fun to visit as well. It’s an excellent city to work in and live in and I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great business leaders and get to know their companies in the process. With all this business the city has to be able to support it with reliable connectivity solutions. Let’s get into which fiber carriers you can expect to work with if you decide to move your business to Santa Monica!

                Frontier is available in Santa Monica in all of the tall buildings and especially on the 3rd street promenade offices. Frontier can offer you the FIOS service that is widely popular but only in certain areas. You have this available in Santa Monica. On top of that you can engage with Frontier on enterprise dedicated internet access and also Ethernet transport service for more advanced types of applications. Beware, Frontier has come out in the recent weeks looking for a buyer of the FIOS service and legacy telephone lines. It seems that they never go it together with the integration internally and it looks they’re going to try and cut their losses soon. It’s unclear which major fiber carrier will want to take on that responsibility as it’s no easy task to audit the network to find weakness, then reinvest money to upgrade it. Time will tell.

                Santa Monica City Fiber! Government owned fiber in the ground that was built back in 2006 and has been recognized as the leader in community based broadband service. Santa Monica City Net is connected throughout the city and into every major enterprise building. What you can get is equally as impressive from broadband internet up to 10Gb and also dark fiber and managed wave transport service. They need to get their internet from somewhere though as all providers buy from one another every day. Santa Monica City Net gets theirs from One Wilshire which is the Southern California backbone for all service providers. Not everyone can be an internet provider and it’s a complicated, or not, so complicated process to do so. Depends on your perspective. “Settlement Free Peering” is another article.

1299 Ocean

1299 Ocean

                Time Warner Cable of course! They are everywhere in Southern California and in almost every major enterprise building in Santa Monica as well. You can get the traditional broadband service with cable tv and a basic phone, or you can get their dedicated services from internet to managed transport service. I should say that Time Warner Cable is Charter Spectrum now but with any acquisition the networks have not been merged together and the product offerings of each provider as still separate. You can find Time Warner in most of the “high rise” buildings in Santa Monica such as 100 Wilshire, 1299 Ocean and 401 Wilshire Blvd to name a few.

                TwTelecom which was acquired by Level(3) and now CenturyLink which acquired Level(3)! You have to keep up with the consolidation of the major providers. I was hired by TwTelecom to work in the Santa Monica area and prospect clients in enterprise buildings. During my time at TwTelecom/Level(3) I brought online over 15 buildings with new fiber service. So what can you get with the newly formed CenturyLink in Santa Monica? Reliable dedicated internet service 100% owned by the provider. You can also get more advanced with multi-location Ethernet and wave transport services and also IPvpn or MPLS for global clients. On top of that you can even do voice service with CenturyLink, PRI/SIP and contact center just in case you have a call center somewhere out there in the world. Some of the buildings I brought online were 1299 Ocean, 401 Wilshire, 233 Wilshire, 429 Santa Monica and 501 Santa Monica to name a few of them.

                Zayo no doubt. Zayo is in Santa Monica as well and in most of the enterprise buildings as well. Competition is the name of the game in Santa Monica and if you have Zayo in your office building you can get dedicated internet service and high capacity Ethernet, wave and even dark fiber service. Zayo is a global company and is currently upgrading its network and acquiring other regional providers in the country. See recent purchase HERE. Zayo leases fiber to other carriers as well so that they may enter into a new territory and this is what happened back when I was working with TwTelecom. It was really expensive to build new network all the way down to the beach, so why not work with another provider who already has the assets in the ground?

401 Wilshire

401 Wilshire

233 Wilshire

233 Wilshire

                Lastly is Crown Castle Fiber which is a newly formed national fiber provider. In Santa Monica they aren’t in any of the enterprise buildings yet as that is my job to spread the good word to the enterprise business community in Santa Monica. The network is more on the outskirts of the city rather than in the central portions.

Crown Castle Fiber in Santa Monica

Crown Castle Fiber in Santa Monica

                In conclusion the real advantage to having your business in Santa Monica is that you have options for fiber service. You are not beholden to one or two providers and this creates competition among the providers which obviously only helps the consumer/businesses. Pricing and quality vary among the providers as well, I get mixed reviews about Time Warner Cable and CenturyLink/Level(3) is a massive battleship which makes it difficult to maneuver within the company to do anything. I only know what I read from Zayo and they seem to have the network together but I haven’t really come up in competition with them. I do know they are competitively priced and Crown Castle Fiber hasn’t really broken into the market yet. Santa Monica City Net is competitively priced way below the market rates so it’s really up to the sales teams to compete individually for business and I wouldn’t put my trust in Frontier right now.

Let me know in the comments if I have missed any carrier. The ones I’ve mentioned are who I’ve seen in the market over the past few years. Until next time!

 

Daniel Macias – Fiber Sales Professional