360networks owns and operates one of the largest optical networks in the U.S., with 17,200 route-miles linking 18 states and 48 metropolitan markets, from Chicago to the Pacific coast. 360networks offers a variety of services including VoIP, private line, dedicated Internet access, and wavelength services.
Infinera says 360networks chose its equipment because the flexibility of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture will enable the carrier to offer services cost-effectively in many markets throughout the region, including Tier 1 through 4 cities, thus expanding the potential market for 360networks services.
Infinera's digital architecture allows what it calls "bandwidth virtualization," whereby optical services, including SONET, Ethernet, 2.5- and 10-Gbit/sec services, and scalable to 40-Gbit/sec services in the future, can be flexibly and easily delivered without regard to the optical characteristics of underlying wavelengths. Bandwidth virtualization allows 360networks to deliver services more quickly and flexibly than would be possible with traditional transponder-based DWDM systems, Infinera asserts.
"Time to market and service assurance are critical factors in our business," said Mark Maroney, 360networks' director of engineering. "Infinera was chosen for our underlying transport infrastructure because it allows 360networks to quickly penetrate new markets and shorten provisioning timeframes with no impacts on service assurance. The combination of simple bandwidth additions and true point-and-click provisioning on the Infinera DNA network management system allow us to recognize significant operational cost savings."
360networks is rapidly expanding its wholesale service offerings, such as the VOIP360 product suite, which provides origination and termination services throughout the western United States. "We are excited with the addition of Infinera to our network as they will help us expand our wholesale product offerings throughout the West," commented Nick Reifschneider, 360networks product manager for VOIP services.