Indiana Fiber Network makes multimillion-dollar fiber network investment for 5G backhaul, rural broadband

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IFN is making a multimillion-dollar bet on its statewide network to improve network performance for its customer base. (Pixabay)

Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) has kicked off a multimillion-dollar network upgrade across its operating state to achieve two main goals: enhance capacity and expand broadband access quality.

The service provider said that the upgrades will increase capacity, improve stability and add efficiency.

Over the past year, IFN invested $20 million to conduct customer and infrastructure-related projects to scale broadband services for users that reside in urban and rural areas.

“These investments will help drive sustainable economic development across the state,” said IFN CEO Jim Turner in a release. “More importantly, these network infrastructure upgrades will allow us to meet the growing service demands of our carrier and enterprise customers.”

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IFN said the hardware upgrades will be conducted in phases over the next two years. Now that phase one of four in 2018 is complete, the remaining 2018 phases will be completed in April, May and June. Additional phases of the project will begin in the first quarter of 2019.

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The service provider delivers fiber broadband service via more than 4,500 route miles of fiber transport and connects more than 4,000 buildings in Indiana. IFN’s network provides Ethernet service speeds of up to 100 Gbps to its member/owners, carriers, data centers and enterprise customers. 

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