Stealth Communications

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Stealth Communications
IndustryInternet & communications
Founded1995 (28 years ago) (1995)
HeadquartersNew York City
Area served
New York City
Key people
Shrihari Pandit and Jinci Liu (Co founders).[1]
ProductsFiber-based Gigabit Internet services
Dark fibre
Primary ASN8002
Traffic Levels>1 Tbps[2] [3]

Stealth Communications is an American fiber-based Internet service provider (ISP), installing and maintaining its own fiber optic network throughout New York City. Stealth began rolling out its Gigabit Internet services in late 2013 to businesses throughout Manhattan, using in-house employees to lay its own fiber-optic cabling.[4] In July 2015, City of New York and Stealth announced a $5.3 million public/private partnership to expand fiber broadband into the Brooklyn and Queens Industrial Business Zones.[5][6] As of May 2019, the company reported to have connected hundreds of commercial properties with fiber, over 80 fiber route miles.[7][8]


Stealth Communications started in 1995 to provide ultrafast Internet connectivity to businesses in NYC.[9] In 2013 the company received authorization from the City of New York to construct its own fiber network.[1][10][11][12]


Fiber distribution[edit]

Stealth utilizes an underground conduit system for placing its fiber-optic cables, that is owned and maintained by Empire City Subway.[13][14] Once their fiber-optic cable reaches the closest manhole to the building, Stealth pulls the fiber-optic cable through existing conduits or builds a new conduit into the building.[15][12] In certain cases due to the conditions of the conduit system, conduits are clogged or collapsed often causing costly re-routing by lengthy distances and construction of entirely new conduits.[16][17][18]

Stealth Fiber installing fiber cable underneath Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Stealth installing dark fibre cable in Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Stealth Microtrenching in Chinatown, installing micro-conduits
Fiber-Optic Manhole Cover of Stealth Communications in NYC.

Fiber technology[edit]

Stealth implements WDM fiber transmission technology for connecting customers to its hubs, by allocating a wavelength for each customer, whereas each wavelength is capable of transmitting between 1 Gbit/s to 400 Gbit/s.[14][19] The company claims that it makes use of special materials to split and combine multiple wavelengths running through the fiber-optic cables without requiring electricity.[14]


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  11. ^ "Franchise Agreement Between City of New York and Stealth Communications" (PDF). City of New York. 2013-02-20. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2022-12-12. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
  12. ^ a b Robuck, Mike (2020-05-06). "Stealth CEO: Asymmetric broadband speeds cause strain during work from home efforts". Fierce Telecom. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2022-02-19. Retrieved 2022-02-18.
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  19. ^ "Nokia to upgrade Stealth Communications' core network". Lightreading. 2022-09-08. Retrieved 2023-04-21.

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