JANUARY 8, 2007 -- Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative (MBC) has selected Infinera (search for Infinera) for a long-haul regional network in the eastern U.S. The initial network deployment will provide network connectivity between Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; McLean, VA; and Ashburn, VA, and the greater than 700-mile regional fiber network MBC has built in rural Virginia.
MBC is a not-for-profit cooperative established with funding from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. The MBC network is the first advanced open-access optical transport network project funded by state tobacco dollars and focused on accelerating economic development in rural and underdeveloped areas by making Internet and telecom connectivity more affordable, diverse, and scalable for telecommunications service providers in those areas.
MBC selected Infinera for the unique features and capabilities of the Infinera DTN, the systems company asserts. Infinera's Digital Optical Networks architecture is designed to enable simple installation and deployment of wavelengths and services together with high capacity and reliability. With the Infinera DTN's ability to add or reconfigure circuits in minutes instead of hours or days as on traditional DWDM systems, MBC can offer more services more competitively, while holding down its cost of operations, says Infinera.
"With Infinera, we can provision multi-gigabit circuits on our network in literally minutes," commented MBC General Manager Tad Deriso. "The Infinera DTN is a very powerful product, and a perfect fit for a service provider like MBC. We provide regional transport services to many different customers and we need to be able to offer a variety of different services at competitive rates and get them up and running quickly."
"We are very pleased to support MBC with their innovative business model and inspiring commitment to their region," said Jagdeep Singh, Infinera co-founder and CEO. "As we enter an era of multi-megabit connectivity to businesses, we believe that the Infinera Digital Optical Networking solution will play an important role in bringing these services affordably to rural and underserved areas."