Custom Data Center Solutions

Meet your mission critical bandwidth needs with scale and flexibility

While Bandwidth IG’s growing fiber network includes unique routes and dense data center connections, we recognize connectivity is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Our experienced professionals can design and build custom data center solutions that deliver a future-proofed, ultra-scalable network for your data-intensive business. All with an eye toward simplifying the transaction process and leveraging our existing network to reduce costs and shorten construction timelines.

With the rise of 5G enabled devices, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cloud computing, autonomous vehicles and more, the need for data transmission between data centers and corporate offices, or other locations where IT infrastructure is stored, is higher than ever. Today’s data centers require reliable, secure, nimble and fast fiber networks to provide connectivity between their locations and data-driven enterprises, but they’re often relying on networks that are ill equipped to handle the type and volume of data necessary for the success of modern enterprises. 

Many of the existing fiber networks in use today date back to the 1990s and were built to serve a vastly different purpose. While these legacy networks are capable of connecting data centers and IT infrastructure for enterprises, users often experience delays because the aging networks deliver data at a slower rate with more interruptions. 

Bandwidth IG’s New Dark Fiber Network Provides a Solution For Mission Critical Data Centers

Bandwidth IG is intensely focused on building, owning and operating the best-in-class high capacity, dark fiber networks to provide secure, reliable connectivity to and between mission critical data centers, cloud computing sites and the enterprises that rely on them. While our growing dark fiber network includes unique routes and dense data center connections, the existing network may not perfectly suit every use case. In these instances, our custom data center solutions are an ideal option for data center operators. Our experienced professionals will design, build and operate custom connectivity solutions. Our new networks paired with our custom data center solutions are highly focused on delivering networks to support scalable data center interconnections. 

Bandwidth IG’s ability to provide custom-built data center solutions makes us perfectly suited to solve for unique needs. With our custom builds, we offer diverse routes and mass quantities of dark fiber not otherwise available in the Silicon Valley or Greater Atlanta areas. Our new dark fiber network is 100% underground. It’s intentionally placed to ensure minimal overlap with other networks, while providing the ability to deliver large fiber counts.

We see mission critical data centers as the key point of origin or intersection for all applications. And we see fiber as the optimal access medium with an open-ended capacity for growth. The best networks are purpose-built with new, scalable and reliable dark fiber solutions, and that’s exactly what we offer our customers. With our custom data center solutions, we can create a high-speed and streamlined data network that will meet your unique needs today and well into the future. Let us listen to your needs and partner with you to create a custom solution that delivers a network you can count on for years to come.

Jim Nolte
Jim Nolte

CEO

Jim has spent the last 34 years building and running large, complex telecom networks for some of the most demanding enterprise clients in the US and abroad.  As CEO of Silica Networks, Jim is responsible for the company’s strategy and development and is truly passionate about helping clients get the most future-proof network available.

Before launching Silica, Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales at Zayo Group, LLC, where he was responsible for developing strategy and managing all aspects of sales and customer relations while providing mission-critical infrastructure to many of the Fortune 100 enterprises in the financial services, content, media, healthcare and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Zayo, Jim served as Vice President of Sales for AGL Networks, a dark fiber provider with metro networks in several key data center markets that was acquired by Zayo in 2010. Mr. Nolte started his career at AT&T where he served in various strategy, sales and account management roles and earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Mark Elder
Mark Elder

CFO

Mark Elder has been guiding emerging, fast-growth companies for most of his career.  As Chief Financial Officer, Mark is responsible for all accounting and financial matters to include establishing company-wide objectives, policies, procedures and practices to ensure our ongoing fiscal strength.

Prior to his role at Silica, Mr. Elder was the CFO of CPG Beyond, Inc., a leading data center services company, and its predecessor entity, Canara, Inc.  During his 10 years at CPG Beyond, Mark oversaw the exponential growth of the business through a series of acquisitions and organic growth.

Mark began his career at Montgomery Financial Management, a boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley, and has since held a number of CFO positions at emerging and high-growth technology companies.  Mark earned his degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris Yost
Chris Yost

General Counsel

Christopher Yost is General Counsel of Silica Networks and has been making telecom contracts as frictionless as possible for over 20 years.  At Silica, Chris’ responsibilities include all commercial sales and vendor agreements, federal and state regulatory matters, underlying rights, real estate and security related matters.

Prior to Silica, Chris served as General Counsel of Zayo.  During his tenure at Zayo, Chris managed all aspects of the legal department supporting Zayo’s dark fiber, wireless infrastructure, lit services, and colocation businesses.  Chris led and/or supported Zayo’s substantial domestic and international M&A activity, and led legal diligence and integration of 42 acquisitions.    

Early in his career, Chris served in a variety of legal and executive roles at Level 3 Communications, including Group Vice President of Human Resources (2005-2007), and Vice President of Litigation and Employment (1999-2006).  Chris also spent 5+ years as a litigation, labor and employment associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in the firm’s Washington DC office.  Chris received his B.S in Political Science and Public Administration from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Catholic University of America Law School in Washington D.C.

Andy Munn
Andy Munn

VP of Operations

Andy has been building fiber optic networks across the U.S. for the last 20 years.   As our VP of Operations at Silica, Andy is the person that keeps our crews busy and our network running.  His responsibilities include all aspects of construction management, network surveillance and service delivery.

Andy’s experience includes senior leadership positions on both the carrier and contractor sides of the industry, allowing him to gain extensive knowledge in construction management, network design and engineering.   His ability to build productive relationships with vendors, service providers and especially customers are assets that will serve Silica well as we grow.

Prior to his role at Silica, Andy was Project Director for Ledcor Technical Services, a diversified construction company that builds and services communications networks. At LTS, he led operations in the execution of an ongoing design-build metro network expansion for Verizon.

Prior to Ledcor, Andy held leadership roles at OnFiber Communications, CenturyLink, Zayo, and G4S Communications.  Andy is a proud supporter of his alma mater, the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching his sons play on their various sports teams, snowboarding, traveling and maintaining his meticulously landscaped yard.

Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett

VP of Sales

Emily Bennett is VP of Sales at Silica Networks.  Throughout her career, Emily has pridefully built long-lived, strategic relationships with clients such as, CyrusOne, QTS, Comcast, Cox Communications, Sprint, British Telecom, and Google by being thoughtful and delivering on her promises.  At Silica, Emily is responsible for helping our customers achieve the most reliable network possible by focusing on providing them the highest network diversity and scalability available.

Prior to her role at Silica, Ms. Bennett was Director of Sales at Zayo where she constantly sought an in-depth understanding of the needs of a vital account base consisting of data center operators, cable companies, telecom service providers as well as large enterprise clients and delivered on solutions that met them. 

Preceding Zayo, Emily built key customer relationships at AGL Networks, a metro dark fiber provider where she learned the value of buried infrastructure and gained her deep appreciation for telecom construction.  Prior to AGL, Emily was the southeast sales director for Metromedia Fiber Network, predecessor of Abovenet, which was later acquired by Zayo.

Our Custom Data Center Solutions Promises Offer:

Expertise

Our senior team has deep experience in complex broadband network development and management. We leverage our expertise to collaborate with you to create solutions.

Diversity

Our network is designed to minimize overlap with other network operators. Multiple unique routes ensure the highest levels of security and reliability.

Real Customization

We give enterprises access to mission-critical infrastructure that is as unique as their businesses.

Learn How We Can Design a Custom Network for Your Business.

Jim Nolte
Jim Nolte

CEO

Jim has spent the last 34 years building and running large, complex telecom networks for some of the most demanding enterprise clients in the US and abroad.  As CEO of Silica Networks, Jim is responsible for the company’s strategy and development and is truly passionate about helping clients get the most future-proof network available.

Before launching Silica, Jim was Senior Vice President of Sales at Zayo Group, LLC, where he was responsible for developing strategy and managing all aspects of sales and customer relations while providing mission-critical infrastructure to many of the Fortune 100 enterprises in the financial services, content, media, healthcare and telecommunications industries.

Prior to Zayo, Jim served as Vice President of Sales for AGL Networks, a dark fiber provider with metro networks in several key data center markets that was acquired by Zayo in 2010. Mr. Nolte started his career at AT&T where he served in various strategy, sales and account management roles and earned his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

Mark Elder
Mark Elder

CFO

Mark Elder has been guiding emerging, fast-growth companies for most of his career.  As Chief Financial Officer, Mark is responsible for all accounting and financial matters to include establishing company-wide objectives, policies, procedures and practices to ensure our ongoing fiscal strength.

Prior to his role at Silica, Mr. Elder was the CFO of CPG Beyond, Inc., a leading data center services company, and its predecessor entity, Canara, Inc.  During his 10 years at CPG Beyond, Mark oversaw the exponential growth of the business through a series of acquisitions and organic growth.

Mark began his career at Montgomery Financial Management, a boutique consulting firm in Silicon Valley, and has since held a number of CFO positions at emerging and high-growth technology companies.  Mark earned his degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Chris Yost
Chris Yost

General Counsel

Christopher Yost is General Counsel of Silica Networks and has been making telecom contracts as frictionless as possible for over 20 years.  At Silica, Chris’ responsibilities include all commercial sales and vendor agreements, federal and state regulatory matters, underlying rights, real estate and security related matters.

Prior to Silica, Chris served as General Counsel of Zayo.  During his tenure at Zayo, Chris managed all aspects of the legal department supporting Zayo’s dark fiber, wireless infrastructure, lit services, and colocation businesses.  Chris led and/or supported Zayo’s substantial domestic and international M&A activity, and led legal diligence and integration of 42 acquisitions.    

Early in his career, Chris served in a variety of legal and executive roles at Level 3 Communications, including Group Vice President of Human Resources (2005-2007), and Vice President of Litigation and Employment (1999-2006).  Chris also spent 5+ years as a litigation, labor and employment associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, in the firm’s Washington DC office.  Chris received his B.S in Political Science and Public Administration from Western Michigan University and his J.D. from Catholic University of America Law School in Washington D.C.

Andy Munn
Andy Munn

VP of Operations

Andy has been building fiber optic networks across the U.S. for the last 20 years.   As our VP of Operations at Silica, Andy is the person that keeps our crews busy and our network running.  His responsibilities include all aspects of construction management, network surveillance and service delivery.

Andy’s experience includes senior leadership positions on both the carrier and contractor sides of the industry, allowing him to gain extensive knowledge in construction management, network design and engineering.   His ability to build productive relationships with vendors, service providers and especially customers are assets that will serve Silica well as we grow.

Prior to his role at Silica, Andy was Project Director for Ledcor Technical Services, a diversified construction company that builds and services communications networks. At LTS, he led operations in the execution of an ongoing design-build metro network expansion for Verizon.

Prior to Ledcor, Andy held leadership roles at OnFiber Communications, CenturyLink, Zayo, and G4S Communications.  Andy is a proud supporter of his alma mater, the University of Colorado Buffaloes. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching his sons play on their various sports teams, snowboarding, traveling and maintaining his meticulously landscaped yard.

Emily Bennett
Emily Bennett

VP of Sales

Emily Bennett is VP of Sales at Silica Networks.  Throughout her career, Emily has pridefully built long-lived, strategic relationships with clients such as, CyrusOne, QTS, Comcast, Cox Communications, Sprint, British Telecom, and Google by being thoughtful and delivering on her promises.  At Silica, Emily is responsible for helping our customers achieve the most reliable network possible by focusing on providing them the highest network diversity and scalability available.

Prior to her role at Silica, Ms. Bennett was Director of Sales at Zayo where she constantly sought an in-depth understanding of the needs of a vital account base consisting of data center operators, cable companies, telecom service providers as well as large enterprise clients and delivered on solutions that met them. 

Preceding Zayo, Emily built key customer relationships at AGL Networks, a metro dark fiber provider where she learned the value of buried infrastructure and gained her deep appreciation for telecom construction.  Prior to AGL, Emily was the southeast sales director for Metromedia Fiber Network, predecessor of Abovenet, which was later acquired by Zayo.