US Signal Expands in Illinois, Wisconsin

US Signal has announced plans to light the Wisconsin portion of its fiber-optic network and expand its network in Illinois, with service availability expected by the end of the second quarter.

Telecommunications carriers, resellers and channel partners in Wisconsin and Illinois will have access to US Signals long-haul transport fiber network linking the cities of Milwaukee and Madison in Wisconsin and Rockford and Des Plaines in Illinois.

US Signal will light 389 new route miles across the two states, giving the company more than 2,900 route miles of long-haul fiber connecting first-, second- and third-tier markets in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

The US Signal network, the largest in the Midwest, is composed of more than 500 miles of fiber-optic metro rings around 14 high-growth cities and nearly 70 on-off ramps that include major carrier hotel locations and incumbent telephone company central offices.

This buildout also will use DWDM technology from Cisco Systems Inc. (Booth 517). Ciscos active DWDM employs multiple light wavelengths to transmit signals over a single pair of optical fiber, maximizing installed fiber cable and allowing new services to be provisioned quickly and easily over existing infrastructure. US Signal says its use of DWDM in this expansion will provide new levels of service flexibility for its customers.

We are pleased to be moving ahead with lighting this phase of our network as planned, says US Signal President Barry Raterink. The demand for our fiber-optic connectivity in Midwestern second- and third-tier markets continues to grow alongside the demand in major metropolitan areas, giving us an opportunity to expand into other underserved markets in the future.

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