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MCNC awards Cisco Systems and 3 other  companies $21.8M in contracts MCNC awards Cisco Systems and 3 other companies $21.8M in contractsMCNC awards Cisco Systems and 3 other  companies $21.8M in contracts


9 October 2010

Research Triangle Park-based nonprofit MCNC announced Friday the selection of 3 companies sharing an estimated $20 million of construction work for a fiber-optic network expansion in North Carolina. Cisco Systems was chosen for an additional $1.8 million contract for the optical design portion of the project.

Fiber Technologies, Durham-based Globe Communications and Comtech Technical Services LLC will share in the construction work, which is expanding the North Carolina Research and Education Network, or NCREN. NCREN serves schools, universities and research institutions across the state. The expansion is being funded in part by federal stimulus funds. The project was awarded $28.2 million federal money to help pay for a 500 mile expansion of the network. MCNC raised $11.7 million in matching funds, making this a $40 million project.

Fiber Technologies, Inc., a Quanta Services company will install about 200 miles of fiber in the western part of the state, including segments from Hickory to Lenoir, Asheville to Old Fort, Enka to Sylva, and Hendersonville to Huntersville.

Globe Communications will lay fiber over 220 miles starting in Rocky Mount and running through Greenville, New Bern, Morehead City, and Jacksonville before ending in Wilmington.

Hildebran-based Comtech was selected for all fiber splicing related to eastern portion of the project.

Cisco employs more than 4,000 people in the Raleigh-Durham area.

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