PEG Bandwidth completes Chicago-area 100G Ethernet route

PEG Bandwidth is enhancing its Midwestern network footprint by adding a 100G route from Peoria to Chicago via Bloomington and Champaign, Ill.

Adding 100G capabilities on this route gives it another weapon to offer Ethernet services to customers in not only large cities, but also Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities and towns in Illinois.

This new 225-mile route complements PEG's fiber network and provides customers in rural markets network connection speeds that aren't even available in metro markets.

Among the segments on this route are Peoria to Bloomington, Bloomington to Champaign, and Champaign to Chicago. It also adds diversity and redundancy in a region with minimal routing options required to support high availability networks and services. PEG Bandwidth is currently accepting orders on this route.

While PEG can certainly provide services to small and large businesses, a key focus of this new route is on selling wholesale services, particularly to local cable providers and telcos that need access to Chicago.

It could also potentially allow existing and new customers in these areas to its broader 15,000-route mile network throughout an 18-state footprint.

Greg Ortyl, senior vice president of sales and marketing at PEG Bandwidth, said in a release that the "route will provide rural cable and telecom companies in Illinois the ability to connect to major hubs in Chicago."

Whether it's through its own organic network build or purchasing another provider, network expansion continues to be a big priority for PEG.

In July, the service provider purchased W.L. Gore's 48-mile fiber network, a move that enhanced its Mid-Atlantic on-net building reach

For more:
- see the release

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