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Columbia's nTech Solutions links into ICBN

nTech Solutions Inc., a information technology solutions provider, was recognized by County Executive Ken Ulman this week for linking into the Inter-County Broadband Network, making it one of the first private entities to link into the network that currently serves the county government offices.

"I have been saying from the beginning of ICBN's construction that this robust bandwidth is a necessity of doing business today. It's more than just a luxury," said Ulman.  "In the case of nTech, the ICBN will allow the company to more efficiently, better serve its clients through its cloud-based systems.  Hopefully, other occupants of this building will see the competitive advantages of the ICBN and will connect as well."

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The ICBN is a broadband project that combined federal, state and local funds to create a network of more than 1,000 miles of fiber optic cable connecting every county in the state. Ulman helped spearhead the development of the network, which is used throughout the county buildings and the school system.

In September, nTech Solutions moved to its new 3,000 square-foot suite in the Woodlands offices on Bendix Road in Columbia. The site will be the headquarters for the company's 125 employees and house the back office hub for its client services.

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Company officials said the ICBN contributed to staying in Howard County.

"By purchasing this office instead of leasing, we are reaffirming and strengthening our commitment to Howard County," said nTech co-founder and President Surajit Sengupta. "With the added benefit of ICBN, we knew it was the best place to invest for the future growth of our company."

nTech co-founder and CEO Sridhar Kunadi said: "Howard County has been our home both personally and professionally since we started in a basement nearly 10 years ago.  It is the best strategic location for access to our clients."

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