Fiber network operator Integra Telecom, which has a heavy focus in markets in the Western U.S., announced that it connected a company-record 40 buildings in six different markets with fiber during the month of July. The carrier now has more than 1,700 fiber-fed buildings on its network, which contains more than 5,000 miles of long-haul fiber.
Integra said that if the 40 buildings connected last month, 23 are new locations and 17 are existing sites that upgraded to fiber. The company said the installations were part of a year-long $52 million investment program aimed at expanding the number of fiber-fed building on its network. The connected buildings can deliver 5 Mbps to 10 Gbps to each customer for services that include MEF Certified Carrier Ethernet, Virtual Private Network (VPN), Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA).
The carrier had just last month reported that it had increased fiber-fed buildings by 20 percent--or by about 300 buildings--during the first half of 2011. Its expansion efforts come after it had boosted it market reach and number of properties though a handful of acquisitions of companies such as Electric Lightwave and Eschelon.
While the carrier is very focused on fiber installations, it has not completely ignored copper, recently investing in Carrier Ethernet over copper solutions.
-see this Integra Telecom press release
Integra had a busy first half expanding fiber connections
The company also has expanded copper-based Ethernet