Telia Carrier has added a new diverse and latency-optimized DWDM route in the U.S., between Chicago and Denver via Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE. The expansion is part of the company’s ongoing organic buildout of its North American network and commitment to provide customers both direct and diverse route options.

The Telia Carrier network buildout also includes new metro ring overbuild networks in Chicago connecting the O’Hare area, where there are dozens of data centers nearby, proceeding directly to Des Moines and Omaha and then on to Denver with metro overbuild in the Tech Center area.

Telia Carrier deploys the latest generation of “high-capacity enhanced-reach coherent DWDM technology and an open photonic layer” to expand the local availability of high-speed Wavelength, IP Transit, Cloud Connect, Ethernet and Internet Exchange (IPX) Connect services for operators, content providers and enterprises alike.

Serving America’s Heartland

According to the Silicon Prairie News, the American heartland has quietly been cementing its place in the technology world with three tech hubs that make up the Silicon Prairie: Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE and Kansas City, Mo., are experiencing rapid growth in the tech sector. From Des Moines and Omaha, new regional cloud and content data center deployments and emerging startups have triggered a tech revolution, building out operations and manufacturing in the region.

Art Kazmierczak
“These new network buildouts position Telia Carrier as a preferred provider for diversity with an extensive footprint serving America’s heartland,” said Art Kazmierczak, Telia Carrier’s Director of Business and Network Development.

“Customers that are flooding the region demand more diversity in routes and connectivity options,” said Art Kazmierczak, Telia Carrier’s Director of Business and Network Development. “Diversity protects against interruptions in service, which is essential to customer experience in today’s competitive markets. Our new expansion in the region offers flexibility, gives customers access to shorter routes, and lays the foundation for future route expansion in North America. We’re committed to the needs of our customers, delivering new diverse routes between major hubs; and connectivity at-scale in edge markets along those routes. These new network buildouts position Telia Carrier as a preferred provider for diversity with an extensive footprint serving America’s heartland.”

The new diverse East-West route would deliver the capacity to content, application, and cloud providers and underserved populations in the region to bring connectivity to rural communities, particularly in the Midwest.

The Telia Carrier ‘Silicon Prairie’ network build includes existing infrastructure and new options to connect key locations:

  • Two new metro ring network overbuilds in Chicago and Denver
  • A new core network PoP in Chicago near O’Hare airport, serving the data center cluster there
  • A new core network PoP in Denver in the Tech Center area, serving the data centers there
  • A new unique long haul route, from Denver to Chicago that bypasses downtown Chicago and downtown Denver to directly connect data center hubs
  • The addition of a new network PoP in Des Moines serving regional demand in Iowa
  • New DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) network services connecting the Farnham data center in Omaha