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Cushman & Wakefield inks alliance with AFS.

Cushman & Wakefield and American Fiber Systems (AFS), a national provider of dark-fiber-optic metropolitan communications networks, have announced a unique strategic alliance that will establish a new standard for the telecommunications industry.

Through the strategic alliance, Cushman & Wakefield will negotiate arrangements that allow for the interconnection of AFS's dark fiber (fiber-optic cable without electronics equipment attached) with the equipment of other telecommunications companies. In addition, Cushman & Wakefield will negotiate agreements for telecom hotels and switching center leases, as well as agreements that will allow AFS to access a customer's building to facilitate high-speed broadband data transmission.

Cushman & Wakefield executive vice president Q.B. (Barney) Upton III said, "We're excited about providing this type of service to the telecommunications industry. This is a truly unique alliance that will become an outsourcing model."

Voice traffic is no longer the dominant aspect of the telecommunications industry. New media communication: data, video, Internet, e-mail, and graphics require broadband communication over fiber optic cables and have passed voice communication in usage.

American Fiber Systems vice president of operations and engineering David M. Baxter said speed to market is critical in the telecommunications business and Cushman & Wakefield "enables AFS to efficiently deploy our dark-fiber networks in mid-size American cities."

Mac McReynolds, account director of Cushman & Wakefield for the AFS business, a 20-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, said C&W is utilizing its technological advantages for AFS by using the Business Integration Group's (BIG) big-e-real estate transaction tracking software.

This will access transaction information and allow AFS managers to communicate via the Web regarding work done by C&W.
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Title Annotation:American Fiber Systems
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 13, 2001
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