PAETEC equips Fort Drum with fiber services through DISA

PAETEC (Nasdaq: PAET), through its acquisition of the former Intellifiber/Cavalier, has continued to rack up new government customer wins and its latest agreement to supply Fort Drum, N.Y. with fiber and DWDM services through a contract with Defense Information System Agency (DISA) is representative of that trend.

As part of the three-year agreement, the service provider will ensure constant uptime by installing diverse fiber access systems from its backbone network near Syracuse and Watertown, N.Y. to Fort Drum, which trains almost 80,000 troops annually.

With these fiber paths, PAETEC has deployed diverse and redundant DWDM network services connecting Fort Drum to other regional DISA network nodes. Having these diverse paths means that the network can stay operational if the network suffers major damage like a fiber cut.   

Mike Magliato, vice president of government markets--who came to PAETEC from the acquisition of Intellifiber/Cavalier--said that the redundancy aspect of its network services continues to resonate with public sector customers.  

"This is the twenty-fifth military facility that we have provided these services to, showing the quality offered by our diverse fiber routes and redundancy," he said.

DoD-related agencies have been a big customer for PAETEC overall. Last year, the service provider activated the 500th high capacity circuit delivered to the DoD.

Already providing services to local and federal government customers as a General Services Administration (GSA) approved vendor, all of these contract wins will provide another benefit to Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), which has nearly completed its acquisition of PAETEC.

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