Friday, March 12, 2010

RCN to Build Fiber-Based, Middle Mile Network in Cape Cod

OpenCape Corporation has been awarded a $32M broadband stimulus grant for a 350-mile network will span from the South Coast of Massachusetts onto Cape Cod and the Islands. RCN Metro Optical Networks will design, build and manage the network on OpenCape Corporation's behalf.

The OpenCape project, expected to be completed in phases over three years, consists of a core fiber backbone that connects Cape Cod to two of RCN Metro's major regional network access points in Providence and Brockton, a high capacity optical transport system, a microwave radio overlay, and a regional colocation center.

Initial services on this network include dedicated point-to-point SONET and Ethernet from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Gbps., Switched Ethernet Services from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Gbps, Wavelength Services from 1.25 Mbps to 10 Gbps, and Internet Access with the network designed to be able to support additional capabilities required to meet the future needs of the community.

RCN Metro was selected in a competitive process last July to design, build and maintain this regional open access network as part of a public-private partnership.

"OpenCape is thrilled to be a stimulus grant recipient. Cape Cod and the Islands are in desperate need of a ubiquitous, reliable, redundant, and cost competitive telecommunications infrastructure," said Dan Gallagher, President of OpenCape Corporation.

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