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Unite Private Networks (UPN), is expanding its Little Rock, Ark., fiber network with a new 114-mile route.

The company offers fiber-based connectivity to services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers across a 21-state service area. Service offerings include dark and lit fiber, private line, metro-optical Ethernet, Internet access, data center services and voice.

The company is rather unique in that it was established at the peak of the telecom boom in 1998, but survived the telecom bust of the early 2000s.

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The additional fiber will provide a ring around the Little Rock metro area, expanding the company’s existing fiber network to 235 miles in and around the city, including the 630 and 430 corridors, the central business district and other major business areas, including West Little Rock (along Chenal Parkway), North Little Rock, Riverdale, Northshore Business Park and the Port of Little Rock.

The fiber network will provide business customers with scalable services up to 100 Gbps, including carrier-grade internet, dedicated data transport service, private line connections to the Cloud, and fiber-based voice service.

“UPN already has a significant presence in Arkansas and this expansion is a continuation of our commitment to further serve the entire Little Rock market,” said Walt White, Unite Private Networks regional vice president of sales, in a prepared statement. “Our metropolitan optical ethernet (MOE) rings extend throughout the metro area, are survivable in the event of a fiber cut, and connect back into our core network. We’re thrilled to expand our existing network infrastructure in Little Rock and look forward to working with even more businesses here.”

“Strong fiber infrastructure is critical to Little Rock and the ability to keep and attract more companies in our growing business, financial, healthcare and manufacturing sectors. I’m excited to see Unite Private Networks expanding its fiber network and providing service options for enterprise customers in our business community that absolutely need and depend on high-level and reliable data services,” added Bryan Day, Little Rock Port Authority executive director, in a prepared statement.

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