Unite Private Networks has big fiber plans for Iowa, according to an announcement today. The expansion will add some 700 route miles to the company's footprint, complementing their deep presence in neighboring Nebraska.
UPN's buildout will add high-fiber-count intercity and metro fiber hooking up most of the state's major metro areas Des Moines, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Iowa City, and Davenport. From the map, it looks like a lot of the metro fiber will be in the Des Moines metro area. They began construction in September, and plan to have it all ready in the fourth quarter of next year.
It's not UPN's first foray into Iowa of course. Back in 2011 they partnered with Iowa Communications Network on a middle mile stimulus project, they did an E-Rate project in the town of Hampton back in 2010, and they have projects in the works across the river from Omaha as well.
But this will be a more significant buildout of a regional presence that will be followed by additional depth later on. UPN says it has several anchor customers, including fiber-to-the-tower and small cell connectivity for a major wireless carrier.
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