Kentucky Data Link selects Transmode TM-Series for metro WDM

JULY 21, 2009 -- Initial deployments include 145 TM-Series nodes across 11 U.S. states.

JULY 21, 2009 -- U.S. network operator Kentucky Data Link (KDL) has successfully deployed optical networking technology provider Transmode's (search Lightwave for Transmode) WDM offerings throughout its network to increase capacity, flexibility, and competitiveness in support of its increasing customer demand.

KDL, headquartered in Evansville, IN, is a regional provider of wholesale fiber-optic transport services with a fiber network that spans nearly 30,000 miles and reaches into 26 states. Across the territories served, KDL connects heavily populated cities and rural areas alike with both long-haul and metro fiber-optic networks.

Its services include private lines with speeds ranging from T-1 to OC-192, Ethernet and multiple wavelength services, interconnection services, and customized services. KDL's offerings are supported by a dense super-regional network featuring small rings with low latency and central office interconnectivity.

After product evaluation and a subsequent lab trial, KDL initiated early installations of Transmode's Intelligent WDM (iWDM) in support of some of its key customers and latest networking applications.

"Transmode's solution allowed us to cost-effectively expand our existing infrastructure to better serve our customers," says John Iber, vice president of operations at KDL. "The attitude of partnership that Transmode brought to us was key in making our decision. Transmode's willingness to work with us to ensure timely delivery to our customers, ensure interoperability with our existing network, and facilitate knowledge transfer to our engineering and operation teams was extraordinary. This partnership approach allowed us to rapidly deploy this technology and provide support after deployment far faster than could be accomplished with many other vendors."

The products have allowed a migration from 2.5G to 10G services. Initial deployments include 145 TM-Series nodes across 11 U.S. states. The deployment also included the TM-Series' 4x OC-48 muxponder, which multiplexes four OC-48 into a G.709 framed OC-192 signal.

Transmode has also provided tech support services as well as maintaining a local Advance Product Replacement (APR) depot for next-business-day delivery of replacement spare parts. Engineers from both KDL and Transmode worked closely together in both the engineering and deployment stages to ensure a smooth integration into KDL's legacy network.

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