Monday, June 4, 2012

Cyan Supplies Software Controlled Optical Network for NESC

The Northeast Service Cooperative (NESC), which provides broadband connectivity to the Northeast region of Minnesota, has selected the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTP), Cyan 360 software-defined operations suite, and Cyan PRO professional services to deliver innovative, high-speed Ethernet services for the Northeast Middle Mile Fiber Project. The network will feature a fully automated, software controlled network operations model.

The Northeast Middle Mile Fiber project will connect 300 sites throughout the area. The deployment will use the Cyan Z-Series P-OTPs to deliver Ethernet at speeds up to 10Gbps to critical service institutions, including the University of Minnesota, state college system, State Office of Enterprise Technology, libraries, healthcare, public school districts, cities and counties. The Z-Series platforms support the ability to drive multiple 10G and future 100G wavelength services per fiber using DWDM with wavelength selectable switch (WSS) ROADMs.

Cyan partnered with CALIENT Technologies to integrate the new S320 3D MEMS photonic switch with the Z-Series platforms to provide the industry’s first operational CDC network.

The project consists of 915 miles of “middle mile�? fiber connecting eight counties, 38 communities, three tribal reservations, 85 townships, and over 200 critical service institutions. The initiative is made possible by a $43.5 million grant/loan award from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) under the National Telecommunications and Information (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).