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Marianas Variety: IT&E providing high speed internet for higher education (March 14, 2017)

Maximizing its increased fiber-optic capabilities, IT&E is providing Northern Marianas College with high speed internet in support of the island’s sole post-secondary institution.

The official launch starts this week following the newly laid fiber cables that have allowed NMC to more than quadruple their campus-wide internet speeds.

“As we continue to make our way throughout the island upgrading our most crucial areas, we hope that the increased speeds at NMC will assist students with their studies and increase efficiency,” John Compton, IT&E’s chief operating officer said.

NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez said previously the college was getting speeds of up to 9 Mbps for its over 1,000 students but that now it has an increased capacity to better suit their needs.

“The upgrade will be felt throughout the college now that our connection has increased to 50 mbps. We are excited about launching the accelerated speeds and strengthening our current programs around it. We thank IT&E for helping us improve our wireless speeds and look forward to using the fiber connection for our ongoing developments,” Dr. Fernandez said.

Compton said IT&E is excited also about the college being better equipped with high speed internet.

“For a long time we’ve been working to better equip our students and now the college will see faster upload and download speeds and cleaner connections. The speeds have more than quadrupled compared to the previous infrastructure. As we move forward, we want to continue to build on what we’ve done and make these speeds accessible to all residents. With the ongoing improvements to IT&E’s new fiber network, increased speeds and coverage will soon be available,” Compton said.

If you’d like to learn more about IT&E CNMI products, services, or outreach stop by IT&E’s Chalan Laulau Store on Middle Road or IT&E’s Garapan store inside the TSL building. You can also log onto Facebook at IT&E CNMI or

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