Iowa Communications Network deploys ADVA Optical Networking gear statewide

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) says that the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is deploying the ADVA FSP 3000 optical transport system in a project funded via the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) says that the Iowa Communications Network (ICN) is deploying the ADVA FSP 3000 optical transport system in a project funded via the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The ICN fiber-optic network will offer improved broadband services to anchor institutions such as K-12 schools, higher education, healthcare, state and federal government, National Guard armories, and libraries throughout Iowa.

ICN operates a fiber-optic network throughout that state that consists of more than 8,500 owned and leased miles. The ICN upgrade project will increase backbone speeds to 10 Gbps and enable ICN to reach all 99 counties in Iowa. The middle-mile network also will enable symmetrical 1-Gbps Ethernet connections to the anchor institutions it connects. Nearly 1,000 installations are expected to be completed over the course of a two-year period.

“The BTOP grants are to stimulate the economy by generating new opportunities to improve broadband in the US, and that it has by permitting the ICN to enhance our fiber-optic network through the acquisition of the latest equipment,” said Joseph Cassis, ICN’s director of business and governmental services.

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