Dallas district links hundreds of facilities with fiber optic WAN

Unite Private Networks (UPN) has announced a long-term agreement to provide fiber-optic WAN services to the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The nearly 300 mile fiber-optic network will connect 281 district facilities and provide up to 10 gigabits of communication capacity to each site. UPN plans to begin construction immediately and expects completion of the initial phase within 20 months.

According to Gray Salada, Executive Director of Information & Technology Services, the network is a key component of the district's technology modernization program creating a state of the art digital environment in the classroom. “The new network will provide students and teachers the flexibility and capacity to access digital resources across the globe facilitating research, communications, and collaboration as well as supporting on-line curriculum and assessments.”

UPN provides high-bandwidth, fiber-based communications networks and related services to schools, governments, carriers, data centers, hospitals, and enterprise business customers located in 19 states.

“The ubiquitous nature of the school sites will create an easily accessible fiber-optic network throughout the greater Dallas area,”