SDN Communications Expanding


Sioux Falls-based SDN Communications is expanding, and it could help some Minnesota businesses. 

SDN has added two broadband partners in the state, Christensen Communications Company of Madelia, Minnesota, and Lismore Cooperative Telephone of Lismore, Minnesota. 

The partnership will improve business broadband reach in Nobles and Watonwan counties. 

“These are strong independent telephone companies providing great services and value in their communities. In joining this network SDN manages, they become something bigger with more reach and they fill coverage gaps for this partner network,” SDN CEO Mark Shlanta said.

In addition to SDN, Christensen Communications Company and Lismore Cooperative Telephone have agreed to interconnect their networks to six other southern Minnesota telephone companies and an Iowa provider.

“This is a paradigm shift for us,” Brent Christensen, vice president and Chief Operating Officer of his family-owned company, said. “Our customers used to be just local and didn’t have to connect to areas outside our service territory. Now more of them are multi-location businesses with sites outside our footprint. Connecting into this network gives us the reach to better serve those multi-location businesses, making us more regional.”

Shlanta says banks are a good example of an industry that benefits when independent telephone companies interconnect networks. 

“Banks have a home office and branch locations into other territories and need to share electronic data among all locations. When they can do that on one provider network, such as SDN and its partners, it not only becomes more affordable but easier for their IT staff to manage,” Shlanta said.

The other Minnesota and Iowa based network partners (and headquarters) include:

1. AcenTek (Houston, MN)

2. BEVCOMM (Blue Earth, MN)

3. Communications 1 Network (Kanawha, IA)

4. Jaguar Communications (Le Sueur, MN)

5. KMTelecom (Kasson, MN)

6. Nuvera (New Ulm, MN)

7. Woodstock Communications (Ruthton, MN)

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