Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Texas A&M University Upgrades with ADVA's FSP 3000

Texas A&M University has installed a new Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) using ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000 platform, replacing defunct Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM) equipment previously operated by the university. The new DWDM deployment is immediately capable of supporting 40 wavelengths and is expandable to 80 wavelengths. It can support 10 Gbps, 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps transponders as well as Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) up to 8 degrees when needed.

The MAN includes four nodes deployed in a ring connecting locations on the Texas A&M campus, within the university's data centers and elsewhere within the city. Off the ring, there are two independent spurs reaching other remote offices in the College Station area. Portions of the fiber making up the network are owned by the university while other sections belong to the city of College Station.

Texas A&M's MAN provides voice, video and data transmission in support of the university's administration along with research-related activities on and around the main campus at College Station, Texas. This includes Internet access and core campus applications. It also provides connectivity for partner organizations including local government agencies, school districts and other educational entities associated with the university.


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