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MBC and QTS Data Centers Announce Successful Implementation of Alien Wave Technology connecting QTS Richmond NAP to Ashburn, Virginia

June 18, 2020 (South Boston, Virginia). Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega scale data center solutions, today announced the successful implementation of an initial field trial that demonstrated 200 gigabits per second coherent transmission over a 50 gigahertz (GHz) channel on an existing MBC long-haul route. The field trial showcased MBC’s ability to easily and cost-effectively scale its current wholesale optical transport network to meet growing capacity demands and route diversity requirements at the QTS Richmond NAP.

The new capacity uses MBC’s latest line system technology, providing multiple 200G alien wavelength transmission. MBC’s open-access network approach allowed a different optical vendor to utilize MBC’s existing line system, thus maximizing options and providing more granular control for native and alien waves. The field trial showcased the ability of MBC and QTS to work together, even during a pandemic, to scale a solution to meet immediate demand and diversity requirements.

“With the explosive growth in data traffic related to increased wholesale capacity needs during the global pandemic, optical network flexibility and scalability remain critical to our ability to be responsive to our customers’ evolving communications needs,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “We remain committed to advancing our fiber infrastructure with cutting-edge technologies to keep pace with growing capacity demands and allow us to expand connectivity for our customers.”

“QTS is very pleased to utilize the creative solution proposed by MBC that met strict engineering requirements around performance and diversity” said Sean Baillie, EVP Connectivity Strategy at QTS. “We are confident this solution meets our current demand and is scalable to allow us to meet the robust connectivity demands of our customers.”

Turning up new capacity between QTS Richmond NAP and Ashburn, Virginia provides additional capacity and route diversity for carriers and internet service providers in southern Virginia as well as subsea fiber optic cable routes that land in Virginia Beach and interconnect at the QTS Richmond NAP.

About MBC

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia by operating a 1,900-route mile open-access fiber optic network. MBC provides wholesale telecommunications transport, dark fiber and colocation services to carriers and content providers. With presence in major internet peering exchange points in Ashburn, Richmond and Atlanta, MBC reduces the cost of Internet access for wholesale customers and reduces the time and cost to reach customers in rural Virginia markets. MBC’s advanced fiber optic network supports job creation as a critical element in the recruitment of major commercial investments across several sectors, including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and logistics and distribution. For more information, please visit

About QTS

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 7 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space within North America and Europe. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.

MBC Media Contact
Liz Smith
(434) 570-1312

QTS Media Contact:
Carter B. Cromley
(703) 861-7245