As fast as mergers and acquisitions happen and new network and cloud providers hit the scene, finding comprehensive research services remains a challenge for many business leaders. What’s more, IT teams need data that is continually updated and vetted by providers to ensure their decisions are based on the most recent and complete information available.

Companies can benefit greatly from an objective perspective regarding which routes, vendors and solutions will best align with business objectives. By utilizing a niche third-party data resource, companies can take a holistic, unbiased approach to infrastructure research. Since 2004, NEF has been collecting and publishing comprehensive data on fiber transport networks, “lit” buildings, data center locations and sub-sea cables.

What NEF Can Do

NEF compiles and publishes telecom, cloud and data center information in an industry-leading database, FiberLocator, in order to understand what is available in the market as well as how the various routes and providers layout and interconnect. With the wealth of background and information collected, IT leaders can arm themselves with current market information in order to maximize infrastructure ROI and performance.


The FiberLocator online application provides on-demand access to telecom network and colocation information: fiber optic network locations, sub-sea cables, cell towers and coverage areas, telecom carrier information (standard and non-standard), and even specific data center and on-net building information.

Reports & Analysis

It’s always prudent before making sizable decisions on infrastructure to ensure the solution is the right fit according to requirements, budget and time frame. Also, it’s important to know if it is the best solution for the future and accounts for the needs of end users.  NEF wades through the volumes of options, information, and providers to analyze sites, providers, routes, interconnects, local market conditions and more. 



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Working with multiple vendors on a project like this is not easy, and we were fortunate to have a tenacious resource like NEF to pull the parts together, cut through the red tape and complete the project.

Black Duck Software

NEF is the real deal. I was more than impressed with the real world presentation they gave to us and level of detail and knowledge they had on the physical spaces and how the fiber runs…They’ve been a bright spot in getting this data center up and running.

EDF Energy Services

I was highly impressed with the level of detail and analysis as well as the expertise demonstrated in the Connectivity Report. We are using it to help us make a major budget decision, and the information and maps were illuminating on many levels. Well worth the spend to get the data.

Cushman & Wakefield

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