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Optical Communications Group extends network to 50 lower Manhattan buildings

Optical Communications Group, a competitive fiber provider, on Tuesday announced that its fiber services are available in 50 new buildings in Lower Manhattan.

Driven by the immediate need to help other service providers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, OCG said it is able to reconnect networks to their previous carriers as well as add new connections.

While not revealing what providers it is working with, OCG did say that it has "partnered with major carriers in the area to provide voice and Internet services to customers in need."

Since OCG's "Manhattan BYPASS Network" was not affected by the storm, the service provider was able to provide new connection points to help get networks that had severe cable damage get back online.

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Optical Communications Group (OCG) Supports Voice & Data Customers in Lower Manhattan

GLENDALE, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 28, 2012) - Optical Communications Group (OCG), a privately-held fiber optic connectivity provider with network reach across New York's five boroughs and neighboring New Jersey shorelines, announces its fully fiber optic network is available to support voice and data services for customers in lower Manhattan. OCG's voice carrier partners have already reserved 5,000 telephone lines for those businesses, enterprises and property owners requiring immediate service downtown.

To implement these services, OCG is installing salt water-resistant fiber optic cables throughout lower Manhattan. As salt water destroyed a large portion of the copper cables in downtown Manhattan during the storm, these advanced cables use the latest technology to add reliability back to the area. The affected copper cables serviced the main part of New York City's local loop telecommunications network. As the local loop is the critical connection from the customer to the switching station, this substantial damage has left many customers without connectivity.

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Optical Communications Group (OCG) Provides Emergency Restoration Services to 75 Broad Street

GLENDALE, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 20, 2012) - Optical Communications Group (OCG), a privately-held fiber optic connectivity provider with network reach across New York's five boroughs and neighboring New Jersey shorelines, announces it is providing emergency restoration services at 75 Broad Street in New York City. These emergency services are supporting voice carriers affected by Superstorm Sandy. OCG's crews worked 46 hours straight to pull fiber cable through the congested manholes and streets of Manhattan directly into the flooded basement at 75 Broad Street.

As a result of OCG's work on the building, thousands of voice customers regained service. OCG turned up enough services to handle 10,000 ds0 lines for those carriers that had their cables destroyed during the storm. OCG serves as a transport carrier to the building, providing existing tenants with immediate access to any of the carriers already within the facility. OCG's fiber into 75 Broad Street, adds diversity for the networks with cables that were damaged or destroyed from the salt water brought in by the storm.

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