Glandorf Telephone chooses ADTRAN for rural broadband upgrade
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Glandorf Telephone chooses ADTRAN for rural broadband upgrade
Glandorf Telephone Co. has picked the Total Access 5000 broadband platform from ADTRAN, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADTN) to bring high-speed broadband and video services to households in Northwest Ohio. Glandorf is using the flexibility of the Total Access 5000 to deliver both fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) and copper-based broadband services to both residential and business customers.Glandorf says it is “reaching the unreachable” with premium services by capitalizing on their extensive existing copper network to double the bandwidth speed over bonded copper for rural residents who cannot be serviced by the fiber-optic network. In addition, Glandorf is positioned to offer business class services from the same platform, increasing both revenue opportunities and customer base.“Our previous solution limited our ability to offer our customers the services they were looking for. We knew we needed to find a solution that would increase speed and serve more subscribers,” said Jason Kleman, IT manager with Glandorf Telephone. “Since implementing ADTRAN’s broadband platform, we are able to provide more reliable and efficient service to our customers, increasing customer satisfaction.”
EXFO FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer test module addresses field deployments to 100G
EXFO Inc. (NASDAQ: EXFO) (TSX: EXF) has unveiled its second 100-Gbps related field test product, the FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer Multiservice Test Module. The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer supports network deployment applications from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps (including 40 Gbps) in a wide variety of network applications, including SONET/SDH, Optical Transport Network (OTN), and Ethernet.According to Karim Fahim, group manager - transport product line management at EXFO, carriers stepping up to 100 Gbps face a variety of challenges, particularly in environments where 100-Gbps signals will run alongside existing, lower-speed traffic. Not the least of these is meeting the need for high-speed transmission testing in an economical fashion.The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer meets these requirements by not only offering 100-Gbps field test and measurement capabilities, but doing so in a way that doesn’t require separate test equipment for 100G and lower-speed applications, or to test signals running via different protocols, Fahim said.Fahim acknowledged that 100-Gbps transmission can take multiple forms, from serial to parallel. EXFO accommodates this fact by enabling technicians to use pluggable CFPs to match the instrument’s interface to the application’s demands.The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer should find use in both initial equipment commissioning and service turn-up applications, Fahim predicted. The platform can be paired when necessary with other EXFO fiber-optic test equipment, including optical spectrum analyzers with the recently unveiled WDM Investigator option (see “EXFO’s WDM Investigator helps troubleshoot coherent networks”). The system also is compatible with EXFO’s EXFO Connect, which provides access to EXFO’s cloud-based services, including centralized management of test units and data.The instrument also has a number of features designed to simplify use. These include an easy-to-use GUI, remote management, battery operation, and integrated optical tools. The FTB-88100NGE’s FLEX configuration enables users to match the unit’s test capabilities to their current needs, while additional rates and interfaces can be enabled with a simple software key in the field.The FTB-88100NGE Power Blazer is available now. Fahim says that EXFO has already engaged a few “select customers.” Field trials of the new module should begin soon, he predicted.
Global Caribbean Fiber upgrades Antilles Crossing via Ciena
Global Caribbean Fiber (GCF) will upgrade its Antilles Crossing submarine fiber-optic network that connects St. Croix, St. Lucia, and Barbados using the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN). The upgrade will leverage 40-Gbps coherent transmission capabilities as well as Ciena’s GeoMesh optical bypass technology.GCF, jointly owned by Group Loret (60%) and Leucadia (40%), serves as parent company for several undersea fiber-optic cable systems. They include the Global Caribbean Network (GCN), Middle Caribbean Network (MCN), Southern Caribbean Fiber (SCF), and Antilles Crossing. In total, the GCF network of submarine cable systems runs approximately 3000 km and delivers 1.2 Tbps of capacity across 14 countries in the eastern Caribbean.The Antilles Crossing submarine network represents 1100 km of the GCF network total. The upgrade program will increase the system’s capacity by 4X, which GCF will use to launch 10-Gbps Ethernet services for wholesale applications. GCF and Ciena expect the new capabilities to be operational in May 2013.“As a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure for the Eastern Caribbean, it is imperative that our customers have access to a scalable, reliable network with low latency that can compete anywhere in the world,” said Valéry Bijou, GCF’s COO. “Ciena’s coherent optical technology is just what we needed to ensure end-to-end network performance across the islands of St. Croix, St. Lucia, and Barbados. By leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh coherent transport and agile optical bypass technology, we can ensure our customers have the bandwidth needed to innovate and succeed in their respective markets.”The use of Ciena’s new GeoMesh optical bypass technology will enable GCF to add or drop select wavelengths at intermediate sites. This capability reducing latency and enables GCF to quickly react to changing traffic demands and increase network availability, Ciena asserts.“By leveraging Ciena’s GeoMesh capabilities, GCF can re-use its fiber plant and carry four times the amount of traffic capacity than it had previously, leveraging existing assets and avoiding expensive alternatives,” according to Ed McCormack, vice president and general manager, submarine systems at Ciena. “Along with the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, to meet surging bandwidth demands, Ciena’s intelligent software will provide GCF’s customers high-speed protected, reliable, and flexible on-demand service delivery.”The upgraded network will be managed by Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System. Ciena also will provide professional services via Ciena Specialist Services for installation, integration, testing, and support.
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