Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is upgrading its 8,500 mile statewide fiber network to provide higher speed services to its customer base.
Made possible via a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant it won in July 2010, ICN will upgrade its existing network to 10 Gbps backbone with ADVA Optical Networking's (XETRA: ADV.DE) FSP 3000 gear that will reach all 99 counties in Iowa.
Upon completion by 2013, ICN's customers will be able to get 1 Gbps symmetrical Ethernet services. During the course of the project, ICN will light up new sites, over 560 direct locations, and indirectly "strengthen" 3,081 locations.
Similar to other middle mile projects, the ICN project will extend fiber-based Ethernet connectivity to education facilities, hospitals, libraries, public safety, workforce development, and other Community Anchor Institutions throughout Iowa.
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