Woodstock Telephone taps Cyan for packet-optical transport for broadband stimulus project

Cyan says that Woodstock Telephone, an independent operating company based in Ruthton, MN, has chosen its Cyan Z-Series of multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, CyMS multi-layer management system, and its recently announced CyNOC network operations center (NOC) service to expand its fiber network with two transport rings to support over 3,600 premises in the southwestern portion of the state.

Cyan says that Woodstock Telephone, an independent operating company based in Ruthton, MN, has chosen its Cyan Z-Series of multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, CyMS multi-layer management system, and its recently announced CyNOC network operations center (NOC) service to expand its fiber network with two transport rings to support over 3,600 premises in the southwestern portion of the state. The network, which will triple the size of Woodstock’s serving area, will be built with a combination of grants and loans totaling over $15 million awarded from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds under the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiative Program (BIP).

“By expanding our serving area by an order of magnitude, it is essential for Woodstock to choose partners that can support our network with not only innovative equipment, but the tools to help us operate more efficiently,” said Ken Knuth, president and CEO of Woodstock Telephone. “Cyan has proved to be exactly that kind of partner, which will not only help us to deliver advanced services over fiber today, but also give us the flexibility to add services such as video and Carrier Ethernet in the future.”

Breaking ground later this year, Woodstock’s new fiber network will reach multiple communities across four counties. Upon completion of Woodstock’s fiber network, residences and businesses alike will be able to take advantage of broadband speeds of up to 20 Mbps for advanced voice and data services.

To support the fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network that will reach subscriber homes and businesses, Woodstock will build two Cyan-powered transport rings, one to the north of Woodstock and another to the south. Woodstock will deploy both of Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms, the Cyan Z77 and Z33, within the rings.

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