Midcontinent Communications upgrades fiber network for broadband service

Independent telco Midcontinent Communications has upgraded its fiber network with the DTN-X packet-optical transport platform from Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN), the systems house says. The deployment will improve Midcontinent's ability to offer cable television, Internet, and telecommunications services to its customers across the upper Midwest via its fiber-optic network.

Independent telco Midcontinent Communications has upgraded its fiber network with the DTN-X packet-optical transport platform from Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN), the systems house says. The deployment will improve Midcontinent's ability to offer cable television, Internet, and telecommunications services to its customers across the upper Midwest via its fiber-optic network.

Midcontinent serves more than 300,000 residential and business customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin via a 7,800-fiber-mile network. Use of the DTN-X will help its fiber network scale as bandwidth demands increase. That includes a goal of delivering gigabit services to most of its customers by the end of 2017.

This is not the first time Midcontinent has deployed Infinera equipment in its network (see "Midcontinent Communications deploys Infinera gear in upper Midwest").

"As we enhanced our network, we once again selected Infinera because we had already realized the benefits from our existing Intelligent Transport Network with the DTN platform," said Jon Pederson, vice president of technology at Midcontinent Communications. "The DTN-X was easy to install. It took our team only three weeks to deploy services, allowing Midcontinent to offer services quickly to customers."

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