The Principal Financial Group, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is a global leader in financial services with offices across the United States and abroad. Maintaining reliable, robust and cost-effective connectivity was deemed critical to the success and continued growth of the organization.

As a strategic, vendor-neutral partner, FG assisted Principal with exploring the merits of a privately-owned optical network capable of achieving their corporate objectives.

FG’s team of experts conducted a thorough needs and capabilities analysis, progressing to a comprehensive financial and technological feasibility study. Based on the formal recommendation to proceed with a Principal-owned optical network, FG also collaborated with Principal’s team to design and engineer the network.

Keith Kratochvil, Architect for The Principal Financial Group said, “Essentially, we’ve leveled the playing field. Because we own connectivity to Denver and Chicago, it’s like The Principal is located in these cities from a telecommunications standpoint. It puts us in a whole different position with carriers, both domestically and internationally. We can buy services to get anywhere in the world.”