A fiber operator we don't hear from too often unveiled an expansion project over the weekend out in the Midwest. Indiana Fiber Network is planning to expand its overall capital investments in the state of Indiana to over than $100M from its current $75M with a multi-year, statewide upgrade.
They plan to upgrade their core network to 100G and utilize a meshed architecture and ROADM technology to move the company's 3,500 route miles of fiber network into next phase of development. The first phase will be kick off on 1,200 route miles in the northern part of the state this year, while the second phase will finish up on 1,300 route miles in the southern part sometime in 2016.
IFN is one of those networks put together by independent local telephone companies, and is part of the INDATEL group. Only a few infrastructure operators of this type have played much on either side of industry consolidation, preferring organic growth amnd a local, often rural focus. But as the infrastructure world looks harder at geographies it once ignored, they're becoming rather harder to miss.
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