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STRENGTHENING OUR NETWORK IN FORT WAYNE IS A REAL TESTAMENT TO THE CITY ’ S GROWTH .
INTELLIGENT BRANDS // Cabling

IFN invests US $ 5.7 million in Fort Wayne to expand fiber services

Intelligent Fiber Network ( IFN ), a leader

among Midwest commercial fiber network providers , is investing US $ 5.7 million in Fort Wayne and partnering with the city to serve as an integral piece of its core network .
The investment includes new route miles of fiber in support of 5G expansion for a telecommunications provider that will further strengthen IFN ’ s overall network across Northeast Indiana .
IFN will also expand its top-of-line fiber technology services with a network built for the City of Fort Wayne , Fort Wayne Utilities and Allen County to enhance the city ’ s technological capabilities amid an impressive season of growth .
“ Economic growth today depends upon high-speed connectivity ,” said IFN CEO Jim Turner . “ Strengthening our network in Fort Wayne is a real testament to the city ’ s growth , and we ’ re excited to be a part of it .
“ The Fort Wayne area has been a great place for us to enhance our business and our services , and we look forward to continuing to be a prominent technology provider for the city as well as our customers and partners throughout this region .”
The City of Fort Wayne sought a core fiber connection that could span from the metropolitan area to the city ’ s network data center in Indianapolis . In selecting IFN for this purpose , city officials found a partner whose fiber could cover the distance between the two locations , as well as six additional sites for the Fort Wayne Public Safety Division .
With its already prominent presence in both the Fort Wayne and Indianapolis areas , and robust fiber connections between them , IFN was considered the clear option to provide the necessary fiber services . This includes 10G fiber that will connect the city , Fort Wayne Utilities and Allen County in a dedicated shared network to streamline and speed up communications .
The Allen County Board of Commissioners stated : “ With its strong track record of helping businesses and communities across the state of Indiana , we knew IFN would be the optimal partner in advancing our region ’ s technology even further . We are extremely excited to work with the great people of IFN and cannot wait to get started .”
John Perlich , Director of Public Information for the City of Fort Wayne , said : “ This partnership with IFN is another great boost in the momentum our city is continuing to experience .”
Fort Wayne is well-connected to IFN ’ s network through IFN ’ s robust metro fiber ring that provides transport speeds of 5Mbps up to 100Gbps . This new fiber will expand IFN ’ s already significant presence in Northeast Indiana by enhancing the company ’ s fiber footprint , its customers ’ network connectivity , and overall speed and redundancy in the area .
Since 2002 , IFN has provided state-ofthe-art technology services to businesses in the Midwest and is a leader in the highly competitive open marketplace of large enterprise customers , national and international carriers . p

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