CenturyLink enables Utah Education and Telehealth Network to bring 1 Terabit to 1,400 schools, colleges

CenturyLink's (NYSE: CTL) ongoing 1 Gbps network fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) drive continues to find new utility in the education sector and the company's win to provide 1 Terabit of combined bandwidth to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) is an example of that trend.

UETN is working with CenturyLink to build out a Terabit network that will support 1,412 schools and educational locations in Utah. Out of these locations, 832 will be equipped with CenturyLink's fiber-enabled broadband service, providing speeds from 1 to 100 Gbps.

Besides serving 824,000 students on K-12 and university campuses, UETN supports applied technology campuses, libraries and healthcare clinics.

CenturyLink has been providing service to UETN--which includes the Utah Education Network (UEN) and the Utah Telehealth Network (UTN)--and its predecessor, EDNET, for over two decades.

Utah has become a major target for CenturyLink's fiber-based gigabit services.

Today, the service provider has connected about 60 percent of Utah schools to UETN's network and provides the backbone infrastructure for its education and healthcare networks. It also provides 1 Gbps FTTP services to more than 11,500 businesses along the Wasatch Front, with fiber available to tens of thousands of additional Utah businesses, and it is deploying speeds up to 1 Gbps to households throughout the Salt Lake City area and parts of St. George in southern Utah.

In March, the service provider told FierceTelecom that it would bring 1 Gbps FTTP service to 505 new multi-unit housing developments in Utah this year.  

While residential service is a major focus for CenturyLink's 1 Gbps drive, the service provider continues to expand the availability of the 1 Gbps service into more business locations. Over the past year, it has tripled the amount of Salt Lake City metro multi-tenant units (MTUs) that have service.

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