WIN Adds Rural POPs in Oxford and Manawa

Posted on February 1, 2004 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN) announced today the addition of two network POPs in rural Wisconsin.

A new OC-12 SONET POP was established in Oxford, WI in November of 2003. An additional OC-12 SONET network POP was turned up in January of 2004 at Manawa, WI. Since its initial network of ten POPs in 1999, the WIN network has expanded to thirty-two POPs, with additional expansion planned for 2004.

See WIN’s network map for POP locations throughout Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

WIN Featured in PHONE+ Article

Posted on October 12, 2003 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN) participation in the new INDATELgroup trade association is featured in a recent PHONE+ magazine article. View the original article here.

Update: The original article has migrated to Channel Partners and can be viewed here.

WIN Charter Member of INDATELgroup

Posted on October 8, 2003 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN), announced today its participation as a charter member in a new trade association called Independent Alliances Telecom Group (INDATELgroup).

INDATELgroup is a non-profit telecommunications trade association whose members are Independent Telco-owned statewide network alliances that provide broadband access into underserved rural areas – and metropolitan areas – via fiber optic SONET networks.

“We had a very exciting roll-out of our new trade association at the Fall 2003 CompTel Trade Show,” said Scott Hoffmann, Executive Director of WIN, and Vice President of INDATELgroup. “What started a few years back as a conversation amongst peers in the industry has evolved into something that holds great potential for member companies such as WIN. INDATELgroup has an initial charter membership of seventeen statewide network alliances – with the potential for many more states to join in the future.”

The initial focus of INDATELgroup is two-fold:

  1.  Joint national marketing and advertising of the individual member networks
  2.  Networking and sharing

“The initial marketing focus will center on our website, indatelgroup.org ,” said Hoffmann. “Once at the website, customers will have the option to select a state in which they are interested in doing business. The customer will be linked directly through to the website of the member company operating within that state. We feel this will be a valuable tool for network buyers – primarily carriers and wireless companies – to obtain contacts to fiber network providers who have unique network footprints within their respective states.”

INDATEL group will be exhibiting at the February 2004 CompTel trade show.

WIN Adds POPs in Green Bay and Appleton

Posted on October 19, 2002 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN), announced today the activation of two additional POPs in Wisconsin.

WIN extended its OC-48 SONET network into Green Bay, WI, and Appleton, WI. This development is part of a planned approach to gradually grow the WIN network into the major cities of Wisconsin. The new Green Bay and Appleton POPs have DS1, DS3, OC-3, and OC-12 service capabilities.

WIN Adds Additional Network POP Sites

Posted on January 25, 2002 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN), announced today the addition of a SONET ring to its network in Wisconsin.

“I am extremely pleased with the addition of this new OC-48 SONET ring to the WIN network,” said Scott Hoffmann, Executive Director of WIN. “We pride ourselves on bringing high-speed data services over survivable SONET rings to rural areas where no other carriers have made such infrastructure investment. This new network is a prime example of this.”

The new ring has points of presence (POP) sites at Baldwin, Amery, Milltown, Clear Lake, and Wilson, Wisconsin, and encompasses 183 route miles.

WIN’s fiber optic network currently extends throughout Wisconsin and into Minnesota. There are three fully diverse and redundant OC-48 SONET rings in operation in the WIN network. Covering over 1370 miles, the WIN network features twenty-six POPs with full DS1, DS3, OC-3 and OC-12 add-drop capability. Ethernet services can also be offered over the network.

Plans for 2002 include turning up POPs in Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago (700 S. Federal). In addition, a new POP will be turned up in Phillips, and plans for a POP in Oxford, Wisconsin have been made.

WIN Converts Network to SONET Ring

Posted on December 27, 2000 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN) announced the completion of a SONET network through western Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota today.

“This is a 543 mile, fully redundant OC-48 ring with POPs in La Crosse, Rochester, Winona and Eau Claire, plus POP sites in seven smaller communities in rural Wisconsin and Minnesota,” said Scott Hoffmann, Executive Director of WIN. “Each of these POP sites has full add-drop capabilities from DS1 to OC-12, including 10/100 BaseT Ethernet. I am thrilled with the completion of this ring,”

This network has operated as a folded ring over the past year. While we had no service-impacting event on this ring, the self-healing nature of a fully redundant open ring allows us to offer the highest level of service reliability available to our customers. The completion of this ring also strengthens our position as a regional telecommunications carrier in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.

WIN Selects Metro Optical Solutions from Nortel Networks

Posted on August 17, 2000 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN), a fiber-based carrier and bandwidth provider in Wisconsin and Minnesota, has selected metropolitan-area fiber optic equipment from Nortel Networks [NYSE/TSE: NT] to expand its network in southeastern Minnesota and western and central Wisconsin.

WIN, a carrier’s carrier, will deploy the Nortel Networks OPTera Metro Multiservice Platform in a new SONET ring. OPTera Metro is a fiber optic transport system.

“As we continue to grow our network, we have increasingly relied on Nortel Networks to provide winning solutions in fiber optic networking for metropolitan areas,” says Scott Hoffmann, Executive Director of WIN. “OPTera Metro is superior to other solutions we examined.”

“As a builder of the high-performance Internet, we are committed to providing carriers large and small with optical networking solutions – for global networks, or for regional SONET rings like those WIN is deploying,” said Brian McFadden, vice-president, Metro Optical Solutions, Nortel Networks.

WIN currently operates a 600-mile SONET ring in Wisconsin and Minnesota that runs through Minneapolis and the Wisconsin cities of Eau Claire and Superior. With completion of the new SONET ring in the fall of this year – along with a new fiber route to Phillips, Wis. – the WIN network will extend 670 miles from Eau Claire, Wis.; through Rochester and Winona, Minn.; through La Crosse, Wis.; through a number of other Wisconsin communities; through Wisconsin Rapids; to just outside of Wausau, Wis. It will have 24 points of presence (POPs) throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, with more planned for 2001.

The network will operate initially as an OC-48 SONET network, with plans for future upgrades via Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM).

Nortel Networks is the global market leader in delivering high-performance optical solutions in the DWDM and SONET/SDH markets, according to the Dell Oro Group, an independent research and consulting firm. Dell Oro also confirms Nortel Networks’ leadership in the DWDM metro arena with a 71.1 percent market share.

Nortel Networks is a global Internet and communications leader with capabilities spanning Optical, Wireless, Local Internet and eBusiness. The Company had 1999 U.S. GAAP revenues of US$21.3 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality of networking and the Internet, promising a new era of collaboration, communication, and commerce.

WIN Awards SONET Equipment Bid to Nortel

Posted on July 10, 2000 - WIN News

Wisconsin Independent Network, LLC (WIN), a fiber-based carrier and bandwidth provider in Wisconsin and Minnesota, announced today the awarding of a bid for SONET Multiplexing equipment to Nortel.

“We are pleased to award this bid to Nortel and are excited about the continued growth of our fiber network in Wisconsin and Minnesota,” says Scott Hoffmann, Executive Director of WIN. “The implementation of this network represents a significant entry for WIN in the Southeastern area of Minnesota and western and central Wisconsin.”

Once completed in fall 2000, the new network will extend 670 miles from Eau Claire, WI, through Rochester and Winona, MN, through La Crosse, WI, on through a number of communities in Wisconsin, to Wisconsin Rapids to just outside of Wausau, WI. The network will operate initially as an OC-48 SONET network, with plans for future upgrades via wavelength division multiplexing. This SONET ring will serve as the lead field project for Nortel’s new OC-48 GX platform.

Wisconsin Independent Network currently operates a 600-mile SONET ring in Wisconsin and Minnesota that runs through Minneapolis, MN; Eau Claire, WI; and Superior, WI. With the completion of the new SONET ring, along with a new fiber route to Phillips, WI, the WIN network will have twenty-four points of presence (POPs) throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, with more planned for 2001.

“We see WIN very shortly operating the premier carrier network in Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota,” said Hoffmann. “Utilizing fiber optics, wavelength division multiplexing and Nortel SONET multiplexing equipment, we will be positioned to offer bandwidth on a widespread basis in our region, over a state-of-the-art SONET infrastructure that will offer customers diversity and error-free reliability with our self-healing network.”