In 2005, MEGAPOP in partnership with Telepak Networks, Inc., lit a redundant OC-192 fiber optic ring that serves two-thirds of the state of Mississippi.
Since the initial lighting, MEGAPOP and Telepak Networks have worked to continue expanding the network adding two new rings and two new Point of Presence (POP) locations increasing North Mississippi’s total to eight.
MEGAPOP continues its mission of providing infrastructure necessary to deliver advanced broadband telecommunications services needed to enhance economic development and improve quality of life for the residents of North Mississippi.
MEGAPOP plans to accomplish this through the installation and expansion of existing fiber networks connecting communities throughout North Mississippi. These networks will form the basis for a wholesale “open access” fiber transport infrastructure, across which competing retail service providers will provide services to consumers. By constructing, owning and managing the infrastructure MEGAPOP can ensure a ubiquitous distribution of the advanced telecommunications network throughout North Mississippi and can assure access for competing providers thus allowing providers the ability to offer wider, more robust, cost effective services for the citizens of this region.
MEGAPOP will not be a “last mile” provider, instead an “open access” network allowing all interested providers fair and improved access to the North Mississippi retail market.
he MEGAPOP network is capable of delivering a wide variety of advanced high-speed broadband services beginning with video, voice and data. These advanced capabilities will enable and improve future applications including telemedicine, distance education, household security, telecommuting employment, “smart grid” energy applications, e-government, e-commerce and many more interactive applications.