Unite Private Networks (UPN) today announced a long-term agreement to provide fiber-optic WAN services to the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The nearly 300 mile fiber-optic network will connect 281 District facilities and provide up to 10 Gigabits of communication capacity to each site. UPN plans to begin construction immediately and expects completion of the initial phase within 20 months.
According to Gray Salada, Executive Director of Information & Technology Services, the network is a key component of the Districts’ technology modernization program creating a state of the art digital environment in the classroom. “The new network will provide students and teachers the flexibility and capacity to access digital resources across the globe facilitating research, communications, and collaboration as well as supporting on-line curriculum and assessments.”
Rob Oyler, CMO and EVP Sales at UPN indicated that the fiber-optic WAN will be hundreds of times faster than the District’s current network. It will also allow the district to expand exponentially in the future with no ceiling on growth, unlike anything they could have received from their current vendor. “It is very gratifying that the District selected us to be their long-term business partner. We are excited about building the project and developing a long-term relationship with Gray and his team.”
UPN provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and related services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers located in 19 states.
“The ubiquitous nature of the school sites will create an easily accessible fiber-optic network throughout the greater Dallas area,” said Kevin Anderson, UPN CEO. “The nearly unlimited bandwidth provided by fiber-optic facilities allows our services to easily and quickly expand as the needs of customers grow over time. Most of our customers enter into long-term, fixed-priced contracts that allow them to lock-in their future communications costs while providing them with flexible solutions to meet their ever-growing bandwidth requirements. It’s definitely a win-win for our customers.”
About Unite Private Networks Unite Private Networks (UPN) provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and related services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers throughout the United States. Service offerings include dark and lit fiber, private line, metro-optical Ethernet, Internet access, data center services, and other customized solutions. Headquartered in the Kansas City, MO metro area, UPN has been providing customer-focused communications solutions since 1999. UPN currently has customers located in 19 states. For more information on UPN, please visit www.upnllc.com.