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PE-backed FirstLight Fiber completes G4 Communications acquisition

FirstLight Fiber, a portfolio company of Riverside Partners, has closed its buy of “substantially all” of the assets of G4 Communications. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Manchester, New Hampshire, G4 is a provider of broadband data and internet solutions as well as telephony and other telecommunications services.


ALBANY, NY–(Marketwired – Oct 14, 2014) – FirstLight Fiber, a facilities-based telecommunications service provider operating fiber optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada, announced today that it has completed its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of New Hampshire-based G4 Communications, including G4’s customer base and data center located at 77 Sundial in Manchester, New Hampshire.

FirstLight’s fiber optic network spans 190,000 fiber miles throughout New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. With the acquisition of G4, FirstLight now operates five data center facilities (three facilities located in New Hampshire, one in Vermont and one in New York), serving the needs of wholesale and business customers throughout the Northeast. FirstLight’s local team, operating out of its main New Hampshire offices in Nashua and Manchester as well as several other locations throughout the state, and the Company’s state-wide, advanced fiber optic network will further enhance the support and services presently offered to G4’s customer base.

“This is a significant transaction for FirstLight, our customers, and the entire region,” commented Kurt Van Wagenen, President and Chief Executive Officer of FirstLight. “The G4 assets, paired with FirstLight’s existing network and capabilities, strengthen our presence in New Hampshire and will translate to higher quality service and support for our customers. The transaction benefits leading enterprises throughout New Hampshire, including healthcare organizations, financial institutions, government agencies and educational institutions. We are excited to welcome the talented G4 staff to FirstLight, and we plan to continue offering the same high level of local service and support that their customers have come to expect.”

“G4’s assets are a natural fit for FirstLight,” stated Gent Cav, Founder and President of G4 Communications. “As part of FirstLight, G4 is better able to bring fiber-based broadband data, Internet and telephony services to customers throughout New Hampshire. We look forward to FirstLight’s continued success in this state.”

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About FirstLight Fiber
FirstLight Fiber, headquartered in Albany, NY with offices in Nashua, NH and Williston, VT, provides fiber optic data, Internet, colocation and voice services to enterprise and carrier customers in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada utilizing its own fiber optic network, which spans over 190,000 fiber miles connecting in excess of 1,500 lit locations. FirstLight offers a robust suite of advanced telecommunications products, including dedicated Internet access, Ethernet, traditional TDM solutions, SIP trunks, virtual PBX and audio-conferencing, managed commercial wireless systems, and Data Center Colocation. FirstLight’s clientele includes national cellular providers and CLECs and many leading enterprises, spanning high tech manufacturing and research, hospitals and healthcare, banking and financial, secondary education, colleges and universities, and local and state governments. FirstLight is a portfolio company of Boston-based private equity firm Riverside Partners.