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First High Speed Fiber Install Benefits Wilmington Businesses and IPR Clients; Supported by $3.5 Million State Grant
WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The State of Delaware and IPR announced today the launch of the Wilmington Network Access Point (NAP). IPR, a premier Infrastructure-as-a-Service provider and the NAP, which are strategically located in Wilmington at the center of the Northeast Corridor, will provide connectivity from Wilmington to Philadelphia, Georgetown, Del., and Baltimore via more than 400 strands of dark fiber.
This new statewide network facility is a result of a $3.5 million grant from the State of Delaware Infrastructure Fund and is the first of its kind in the state.
"This will not only provide residents of Delaware, whether individuals or businesses, with price-competitive bandwidth in the future, but will also enable state government to connect its offices throughout Delaware," said Tami Fratis, CEO of IPR. "And the most important aspect to all of us is the fact that the Wilmington NAP will help attract new businesses evaluating the pros and cons of relocating to Delaware. That's because this facility will effectively reduce the overall cost of network access to all businesses in Delaware."
IPR will conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the Wilmington NAP on Oct. 25 prior to its corporate board meeting. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, special guests will be making brief comments about the importance of the Wilmington NAP to Delaware and how its presence favorably impacts the regional business climate.
The launch of the Wilmington NAP is a large focus for IPR, as well as its partners -- Sunesys, Fibertech Networks, the City of Wilmington and McConnell Johnson Real Estate. Sunesys and Fibertech Networks are the providers building this fiber capacity; both were chosen due to their carrier-neutral relationships.
Fratis said the "Wilmington NAP" will be a catalyst in enabling Delaware to compete with larger urban areas (Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.) in attracting businesses, individuals and jobs.
"No matter whether someone is an employee of a large organization working in a home office, a small entrepreneur working in their garage, a lawyer for a global law firm or an office for a large corporation, there is a need for significant bandwidth to access global data through the fiber infrastructure being brought in to the Wilmington NAP," Fratis said.
Meantime, IPR has continued adding more capabilities to the Wilmington NAP, including the recently installed (and "live") 10GB (Gigabyte) lit services from two additional fiber providers -- Windstream and Comcast Business. These lit fiber services are in addition to those carriers that IPR has already brought in to provide clients with lit fiber services (Zayo Bandwidth, Verizon Business, Verizon and Level3), all within IPR's Wilmington NAP.
This year and next, IPR and its partners will conduct a series of marketing and educational events to put the Wilmington NAP on the "map" for those businesses seeking a Tier III+ data center facility & cloud solutions with the largest amount of data center space and highest amount of network bandwidth available in the Mid-Atlantic region.
IPR is a recognized industry leader offering Private Cloud & Infrastructure as a Service Solutions as well as Cloud-based Data Management, Data Protection Services and a full range of Managed Solutions. Through its comprehensive suite of services, IPR protects, preserves, secures and makes available its clients' data at all times, no matter when or where the data was created and no matter when or where it is needed. Through its constantly innovative and evolving services, combined with a passion for security, integrity, availability and ingenuity, IPR helps its clients maintain their own business operations and supports them through any interruptions. IPR, headquartered in Wayne, PA, has multiple redundant data centers and serves clients in 17 countries worldwide.
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