Two Denver area school systems gained high speed connectivity from q, according to a release today. While most of the metro fiber news lately has been from the competitive carriers, Qwest has been investing as well. With the sort of limbo that comes along with the impending mega-merger with CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings), it is easy to forget they're still out there, but the bits don't slow down for anyone.
First, they completed a dedicated 100Mbps network for the Jeffco Public Schools. Jeffco is short for Jefferson County, and its school district is the largest in Colorado with 155 schools, 84K students, and 12K employees. Second, Qwest built out a dedicated fiber network for the Cherry Creek School District Number 5. Cherry Creek's facilities span more than 65 schools and administrative offices, and are now connected at speeds of up to 10Gbps per second. I doubt every facility is on-net in either case, but a large fraction of them certainly are - so these are substantial contracts.
The Denver metro area is of course one of Qwest's strongholds, but it is also a very dynamic metro fiber market with a great deal of competition. I believe Qwest also has assets from OnFiber in addition to its ILEC footprint in the area.
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