April19, 2004 Omaha, NE--Service provider Adesta today announced that Five Colleges, Inc., awarded through its Limited Liability Company (LLC), Five College Net, a contract to Adesta to design and build a fiber-optic cable communications network. Five Colleges Inc., is a consortium of higher education institutions located in rural Western Massachusetts. The network forms a 29-mile ring connecting member institutions Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a 12 -mile leg into a primary carrier hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts.
With this new fiber-optic cable network, the five institutions, which have cooperated in many areas since 1965, will increase their data network capacity, add redundant links to handle network outages, and reduce their local circuit charges for data communications services.
"Explosive growth in network bandwidth coupled with advances in computing speed and increasingly innovative applications have fundamentally altered the way we teach, learn, and work on our campuses," said Donna Baron, director of information technology for Five Colleges, Inc. "The ever-increasing difficulty and cost of leasing circuits from a local telephone company was clearly not meeting the growing research and educational needs of our schools.
"Five College Net looks forward to working with Adesta on the implementation of this optical fiber network to greatly expand our network capacity," added Ms. Baron. "We are impressed with their understanding of the business of construction, as well as, their understanding of the intricacies of working with the owners of the right of way to access the route in order to build the network."
Adesta designs, builds, and supports multi-discipline network infrastructures and serves commercial, industrial and governmental entities globally. Since 1988, Adesta has deployed over 2 million fiber mi in more than 70 metropolitan areas and completed over 300 electronic security systems projects in the United States, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Middle East.