Fiber network provider Everstream, a Midwest connectivity provider with more than 13,000 route miles of fiber and speeds up to 100 Gbps, has launched into the greater Chicago market, providing a new choice for businesses in the Chicago suburbs that require high-speed connectivity.
By the end of 2020, Everstream’s newly deployed Chicago fiber network will encompass more than 500 of the planned 1,200 route miles. The first leg of the dense fiber network, spanning more than 50 route miles, will stretch from Elgin north to East Dundee, Carpentersville and Algonquin, east to Streamwood, Itasca and Addison, and end in Oak Brook to the south. It will be lit in March.
“Unlike cities on the East Coast, where five or more competitive providers offer access to fiber networks alongside the phone and cable companies, most of the surrounding Chicago suburbs where Everstream plans to build are largely underserved,” said Brian Bagenstose, partner, CMA Strategy Consulting. “This lack of competition is an opportunity for Everstream to provide high-capacity, low-latency connectivity services to enterprises that have been denied a real choice for business network solutions.”
Everstream’s greater Chicago network includes:
- Plans to build a dense metro network of more than 1,200 miles in Chicago’s northern, western and southern suburbs, and invest $56 million throughout the greater Chicago area.
- Connectivity to three “state-of-the-art” data centers in the Chicago area, with access to more than 30 additional data centers – and growing – across the Midwest.
- Direct connection to Everstream’s expanding Midwest footprint.
- A local office that will grow to more than 20 new team members, including a sales team led by Jeff Zator, Regional Vice President of Sales, and dedicated field engineers led by Greg Meinczinger, Regional Vice President of Operations, to support area customers.
“Chicago presents a tremendous new opportunity for Everstream as we continue to grow our presence and bring enterprise-grade fiber services to businesses in the Midwest,” said Brett Lindsey, President and CEO of Everstream. “Everstream is uniquely positioned to deliver both virtually unlimited bandwidth and the low-latency service levels required for optimal application performance, especially in the suburban Chicago area. The market is ripe for a business-only fiber provider like Everstream to come in and provide the robust services these businesses demand.”
The greater Chicago launch is part of Everstream’s ongoing footprint growth throughout select markets in the Midwest. The company is on track to grow to more than 15,000 miles of fiber with more than 3,000 on-net locations in 12 markets throughout the Midwest by the end of 2020. As Everstream’s network grows, its customers would benefit from more diverse network options and direct connection to data centers and locations in the expanded region.