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TMCNet:  Integra expands network infrastructure in Minneapolis

[September 05, 2013]

Integra expands network infrastructure in Minneapolis

Sep 05, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) -- Integra Telecom, Inc., a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has announced an expansion of its network infrastructure in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

With construction focused on the Central Business District (CBD), Integra will complete its build-out of approximately 1,600 fiber miles in the fourth quarter of 2013, which allows over 225 downtown-area buildings and more than 3,000 businesses to access Integra's comprehensive portfolio of high-bandwidth solutions.

"The construction in Minneapolis marks the largest single network investment made by Integra in eight years that is aimed at expanding our fiber footprint," said Kevin O'Hara, president and CEO of Integra.

"This construction, along with our continued focus on organically growing our network through the addition of on-net buildings, demonstrates our continued commitment to expanding our footprint and extending our reach to serve a wider range of customers. We expect to make additional network investments in this market, and in other markets in and around our current regional footprint where we see similarly compelling market opportunities." With construction of new fiber optic rings, Integra will expand upon a presence in the Minneapolis metro area that began in 1998 and grew with the company's 2007 acquisition of Eschelon Telecom. The new network assets will extend Integra's on-network services to over 225 downtown business locations at bandwidths of up to 100 Gbps, providing access to enterprise-class offerings such as Carrier Ethernet Services, IP/MPLS VPN and Managed and Cloud Services, including Integra's Hosted Voice Service and Cloud Firewall Service, the company said.

"As one of Integra's largest markets, Minneapolis presents a natural opportunity to extend our network reach," added O'Hara. "The Central Business District is home to an unmatched concentration of mid-sized and enterprise businesses, many in sectors such as health care, financial services, government and education that align well with our expanded portfolio of products." The expansion of Integra's Minneapolis metro network into the CBD further benefits both new and current customers by providing fiber-based access to Integra's high-bandwidth long-haul network, offering multi-location customers and data center providers direct, high-speed connectivity to points throughout Integra's 35 metropolitan markets, the company added.

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