Kansas University plots 100-Gig rollout in 2016 as research demands increase

Due to intensive research efforts, Kansas University is planning on launching a 100-Gig service in its hometown of Lawrence by the middle of next year according to a story today by the Lawrence Journal-World.

While the 100-Gig service won't be available to every building across the school's campus, KU has had 1-Gig speeds available across the campus, except dorm buildings, for several years. The university deployed 10-Gigabit connections to at least eight buildings starting in 2014, according to the LJWorld, but increasingly larger sets of data by researchers and labs have driven the need for the 100-Gig service. All told, there are 200 buildings across the campus area.

KU will utilize its own underground fiber to deliver the 100-Gigabit speeds to some areas of its campus while older buildings will require retrofitting to deliver the faster speeds.

While KU's fiber runs under several residential and business areas in Lawrence, it's not available to other entities. The city of Lawrence is working with other service providers to light up a dark-fiber ring it has around the city.

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- the Lawrence Journal-World has this article

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