Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Broadwing Celebrates Fourth Anniversary of the ULH All-Optical Network

Broadwing Communications marked the fourth anniversary of the completion of its nationwide, All-Optical Ultra-Long Haul Network. Broadwing's initial turn-up of the AON began in late 2000 and was completed in the first quarter of 2001. The network includes numerous industry firsts, such as the first all-optical switch, 100% reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers, terrestrial Raman amplifiers, and ultra-long haul transmitters and receivers. Most initial services were concentrated on long distance voice and traditional data services at the OC-48 rate being routinely transported over 3,000 km without regeneration. Now, the network plays host to evolving new services, such as high-definition video, converged network and VoIP, on OC-192 rate wavelengths all riding over the same fiber and distances as the OC-48 waves.


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