US Signal (Booth 504) announces it has lit the Wisconsin and Illinois portions of its long-haul fiber-optic network, as well as the Rockford, Ill., metro network.
The company has been expanding its PoPs since February, giving telecommunications carriers, resellers and channel partners access to its infrastructure.
US Signal says the Rockford metro ring was turned up ahead of schedule, thanks to wholesale and enterprise demand in the area. The company planned to activate the Madison, Wis., portion of its network ahead of schedule, as well, by Sept. 1. The Des Plaines, Ill., activation was expected to take place by Sept. 12, and US Signal also will activate its Milwaukee services by Dec. 31.
The US Signal network is the largest in the Midwest. When it is complete, it will provide nearly 80 on-off ramps, made up of major carrier hotel locations and incumbent telephone company central offices.
We are very pleased to have key portions of our Wisconsin and Illinois fiber now activated, with more high-demand locations to follow in the months to come, says US Signal President Barry Raterink. We continue to experience strong, consistent demand throughout these underserved markets, and we have worked hard to ensure we stay on or ahead of schedule in turning up services to address the needs of our customers.