Kansas City, Mo.– June 29, 2010–Leading optical fiber provider American Fiber Systems (AFS) is expanding its Kansas City fiber optic network into under-served municipalities in Johnson County, including the rapidly growing business districts in Olathe and Lenexa, Kan. AFS’s infrastructure is the first alternative network option to reach this area of Johnson County, offering regional businesses improved network reliability and faster data speeds over a robust underground fiber optic network.
Most notable among the Johnson County municipalities that are positively impacted by the network upgrade are Olathe and Lenexa. Businesses in those areas will benefit from an additional 15 route miles of buried fiber that brings network capacity practically to the doorstep of some of the metro area’s most recognizable enterprises. With an additional 2,200 fiber miles in Johnson County, AFS’s 19,766-mile Kansas City metro fiber network will extend west of Ridge Road/Renner Road, reaching high growth areas including the South Lake Technology Park.
The expansion of AFS’s network in Johnson County comes just in time as the area has seen tremendous growth in the business sector throughout the struggling macro-economic climate. The areas in and around Olathe and Lenexa have been underserved by telecommunications carriers despite enjoying rapid commercial development. With favorable tax structures and close proximity to Kansas City, Olathe and Lenexa have seen an influx of enterprises moving headquarters, opening satellite offices, and connecting to data centers, all of which require a substantial telecommunications infrastructure.
To address the enterprise networking needs, AFS provides a set of scalable, reliable and cost-effective services to businesses that rely heavily on high capacity connectivity including Ethernet, Wavelengths, OCx connections, and more. AFS’s fiber optic infrastructure offers virtually unlimited capacity made possible by adding additional wavelengths of light. Businesses looking to add a data center or remote location in Johnson County’s growing rapidly business parks in Olathe and Lenexa will have unprecedented access to essential connectivity options and the ability to dial up or down their bandwidth to suit their requirements.
With a history of providing innovative fiber based services to the Kansas City metropolitan area, AFS’s network extends from Overland Park, KS, to downtown Kansas City, KS, and Kansas City, MO. AFS holds an impressive Kansas City customer base, including many of the region’s largest health care providers, educational institutions and Internet service providers that have turned to AFS for highly reliable connectivity.
“The explosion of data and multi-media business requirements has left many Kansas City suburban areas in need of networking options,” said Rich Coyle, Senior Vice President of Operations for AFS. “We are committed to reaching these businesses and offering them reliable network capabilities with faster speeds and capacity upgrade options that scale quickly and easily.”