Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc., (HBC) has expanded its 100 Gigabit data transport network in southern Minnesota. The network now connects more than 20 southern Minnesota cities to a protected fiber-optic network ring, providing an extremely reliable and high-capacity business class network.

HBC, along with Jaguar Communications based in Owatonna, MN, each provided fiber-optic strands to create the backbone route for the network. HBC finished installing network electronics over the past six months, upgrading the network to handle as many as 96 waves of 100 Gigabit data transport circuits through the ring.

A centralized network operations center monitors the network 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing business class reliability and response. “This is a high-capacity, highly reliable network,” said HBC President and CEO Dan Pecarina. “It not only serves our area of Minnesota, but we are also connected directly with partners to reach areas nationwide.”

In addition to providing services to this region’s main Internet Point-of-Presence at the 511 Building in Minneapolis, other major points on the network where customers can directly access the network include Winona, Rochester, Red Wing, Hastings, Cannon Falls, Northfield, Austin, Owatonna, and Mankato. The network currently provides services to individual businesses ranging from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps, and has the capacity for customers to expand to 100 Gbps.

HBC and Jaguar Communications are also last mile service providers in most of the towns on the network, allowing businesses a more reliable end-to-end solution. Both companies will continue to use this network to expand on their proven success in providing reliable, cost-effective service to local business, government, education, banking, hospitals, clinics, and wireless towers.
About us: Headquartered in Winona, MN, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) delivers cutting edge telecommunications services to communities in southeastern Minnesota. Founded in 1997, HBC builds and operates hybrid fiber and Fiber-To-The-Home networks as well as providing wireless broadband in rural areas. The company offers a video service selection of more than 300 channels (including approximately 100 in high-definition), digital music, Pay-Per-View, and extensive local programming produced by HBC Studios. The company has over 110 employees supporting, retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and Wizards Technical Support divisions in over 17 communities.

For additional information, or to arrange an interview, please contact David Dicke at ddicke@hbci.com or at (507) 474-5884.