Integra Telecom increases its on-net fiber building connections by 20%

Integra Telecom has responded to the call for higher speed Ethernet and voice services, increasing its fiber network by 20 percent to almost 300 new buildings in the first half of 2011.

While Integra will continue to build its bread and butter SMB service base, the service provider has been in the process of upgrading its network to support customers that need fiber-based network products like Ethernet to meet their complex service needs.

Targeting opportunities in the Seattle, Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City, Boise, Sacramento, and Spokane markets, Steve Zimba, chief marketing officer of Integra Telecom, said the focus of Integra's latest build out has been on serving high bandwidth customers including data centers, regional headquarters and multi-tenant business parks.

Leveraging and extending its own fiber network assets and those it purchased from the former Electric Lightwave and Eschelon, Integra's latest network expansion drive is one element of a $100 million year-long plan to extend the network to provide new Ethernet-based data and IP-based voice products and services to enterprises and other carriers.

Augmenting its fiber build is an ongoing drive to extend more Ethernet over Copper (EoC) services to area businesses. Already present in 104 COs with EoC, the service provider plans to add an additional 21 COs this year.

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