May 062015

Joytel Communications has inked a 10-year agreement with Allied Fiber, the international fiber optic infrastructure provider behind the newly linked network routing hub known as the JAX NAP.
With the hub now operational, Joytel, a telecommunications provider housed within the NAP at 421 Church Street, has begun offering high-speed broadband service to commercial clients.
The partnership with Allied Fiber allows Joytel Communications to expand the area in which they provide Internet access and fiber-based network services. Joytel has recently signed contracts with the city of Palm Coast and other organizations in its expanded footprint, the company said.
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“With a high-speed connection up to Jacksonville it just opens up a lot of possibilities, not just the broadband itself for our governmental functions but also disaster recovery [services] and the ability to offer businesses in the community a competitive choice,” Steve Viscardi, municipal IT director for Palm Coast, told the Business Journal.
With an increase in business as a result of Allied’s build-out of the Jax NAP— which allows data traffic to flow directly between parts of South America and the Caribbean through Jacksonville and on to other landing points across the United States — Joytel Communication, begun in Jacksonville in 2004, is poised for significant growth.
“With the contracts we’re getting now through our expanded network footprint, we could triple [in workforce] this year,” said Mark Marques, CEO and founder of Joytel.
The majority of those jobs would be in IT network installation, since the build-out requires hooking up fiber lines from area locations directly into the network hub. Hunter Newby, CEO of New York-based Allied Fiber, said economic development is a real outgrowth of more and better routing across the telecommunications industry.
“It is a direct contributor to overall GDP [gross domestic product] growth,” Newby said.

Colleen Michele Jones
Jacksonville Business Journal