IFN performs comprehensive update of packet network to prepare for future innovations and growth.
INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2018) – IFN today announces it has begun a multi-year, multi-million dollar network upgrade across the state to increase capacity and improve broadband access reliability. The upgrades will increase capacity, improve stability, and add efficiency – all of which are geared toward enhancing customers’ service experience.
“Over the last year, IFN has invested over $20 million dollars in customer and infrastructure-related projects to enable scalable and secure high-speed broadband connectivity for users in both urban and rural areas, said Jim Turner, IFN CEO. “These investments will help drive sustainable economic development across the state. More importantly, these network infrastructure upgrades will allow us to meet the growing service demands of our carrier and enterprise customers.”
The hardware upgrades are set to take place in phases over the next two years. Phase one of four in 2018 is now complete, with the remaining 2018 phases to be completed in April, May and June. Additional phases of the project will begin in the first quarter of 2019.
“This is a significant upgrade to IFN’s packet network,” said Darryl Smith, IFN vice president of operations. “This is a multi-phased project, scheduled to be completed in late 2019, leveraging the latest technology. The platform upgrades and architectural changes IFN is implementing will position our network to handle the capacity and demands created by new protocols, such as 5G, as they become more widely available.”
IFN provides fiber broadband service via more than 4,500 route miles of fiber transport and connects more than 4,000 buildings in Indiana. IFN’s network provides Ethernet service speeds of up to 100 Gbps to its member/owners, carriers, data centers and enterprise customers.