Sidera Networks provides telecom services to financial services companies, universities, and government agencies, among others. It also offers wholesale carrier services to other network operators. Sidera provides managed data transport, colocation, customer networks, and Internet access services over its fiber-optic network. Other services include Ethernet, optical wavelength, and IP connections. It operates mainly in Boston; Chicago; Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania; New York; San Francisco; and Washington, DC. Clinets have included Deutsche Börse and Lafayette College. Formerly known as RCN Metro Optical Networks, the name was changed to Sidera in 2010.
The name change was made in part to better differentiate the brand from its parent company's cable business. Sidera is expanding its network and array of services to reach new geographic and commercial markets. In 2010 the company extended its network internationally from New York City to Toronto in order to provide broadband Ethernet services, particularly to banks and media companies in Canada. The previous year, it opened a new colocation facility in New Jersey, bringing its total number of facilities to 24.
The company also enhanced its services in the lucrative New York City metro area by expanding its network through Staten Island with a route that bypasses congested Manhattan, and opens it to customers in New Jersey.
In operation since 1999, parent RCN acquired the business in 2006 from energy company Consolidated Edison and renamed it RCN Business Solutions. The next year, RCN combined its NEON Communications Group acquisition, for which it paid $255 million in late 2007, with RCN Business Solutions to form RCN Metro Optical Networks.
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