The State of Delaware and cloud service provider IPR have introduced the Wilmington Network Access Point (NAP), a statewide fiber- and cloud-based network built with partners such as Fibertech and Sunesys to provide services to local businesses.
Supported by a $3.5 million state grant, the new 400 strand dark fiber network will provide connectivity from Wilmington to Philadelphia, Georgetown, Del., and Baltimore.
Tami Fratis, CEO of IPR, said in a release that "the most important aspect to all of us is the fact that the Wilmington NAP will help attract new businesses evaluating the pros and cons of relocating to Delaware."
She added that the "facility will effectively reduce the overall cost of network access to all businesses in Delaware."
Dark fiber for this project was provided by IPR's network partners Sunesys and Fibertech Networks, two growing competitive service providers that have a strong presence in the Northeastern United States. IPR said that these providers were "chosen due to their carrier-neutral relationships."
IPR also recently began offering a 1 Gbps lit service from two of its other fiber providers, Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN) and Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSAs. It has established contracts with Zayo Bandwidth, Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) and Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) to provide other fiber-based services to clients.
- see the release
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Updated article on Oct. 30 to reflect that Sunesys and Fibertech are the main fiber providers for this project.