Five years ago InfoWest became the first Internet provider in southern Utah to utilize dual, redundant fiber-optic paths to the Internet. The dual paths helped Infowest avoid outages when fiber-optic paths was cut twice in central Utah. The third fiber-optic connection more than doubles InfoWest's capacity while adding another layer of resiliency to the InfoWest network, according to Crosby. The new fiber-optic link connects InfoWest to a regional network hub in Salt Lake City from which InfoWest inter-connects with top-tier global Internet providers. The new connection allows Infowest to better serve businesses that have locations in both northern and southern Utah.
InfoWest has one fiber-optic Internet feed to Southern California and two feeds across diverse geographic paths to separate locations in Northern Utah. Plans are underway for additional capacity and upgrades in the near future, Cosby said. “We look forward to increased demand for Internet services in this area, and this expanded ‘pipe’ to the Internet will help us stay ahead of the game,” said InfoWest Vice President, Randy Cosby. “We are looking past today’s slow economy so we can be ready to provide reliable, next-generation services tomorrow.”
Upgrades to InfoWest’s core fiber-optic network in Washington and Iron counties, as well as their new northern Utah allows InfoWest to offer full virtual private networks for clients between multiple locations. Using the latest MPLS (Multi-Protocol Layer Switching) technology, InfoWest can inexpensively interconnect multiple office locations, as well as provide increased quality of service for voice, video and internet. InfoWest uses MPLS internally to ensure performance and reliability on their local fiber network. The network feeds wireless towers and fiber-optic Internet connections that serve thousands of business and residential customers in the region.
Cosby said InfoWest has plans underway to increase the speed of their local core fiber-optic network by 1000%. Additional regional fiber-optic paths are being studied.