Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ciena and Internet2 Partner on New National 100G Network

Ciena and Internet2 announced a partnership on a 100G national network in support of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project, which is intended to help connect community anchor institutions including K-12 schools, libraries, community colleges, health centers, hospitals and public safety organizations across the country to next-generation Internet-based applications. Internet2 is significantly upgrading its national backbone network through a federal stimulus grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

Internet2 will be using Ciena's ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors for its new network.

Through its partnership with Ciena, Internet2 will increase its network's bandwidth from approximately 100 Gbps to 8.8 Tbps to provide the necessary capabilities to connect over 200,000 community anchor institutions nationwide as part of the U.S. UCAN project.http://www.ciena.com

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