Texas Lone Star Network consortium choose Ribbon’s IP Wave for fiber network upgrade

May 22, 2023
TLSN will use the equipment to increase the capacity of its statewide fiber transport network via support of alien wavelengths.

Ribbon Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: RBBN) says it will supply elements of its IP Wave portfolio to Texas Lone Star Network (TLSN), a consortium of 41 rural broadband service providers in Texas. TLSN will use the equipment to increase the capacity of its statewide fiber transport network via support of alien wavelengths.

The upgrade leverages Ribbon’s Apollo 9603 platform with the TM400_2 dual 400G transponder to provide the alien wavelengths as an overlay to the existing ROADM network to help connect rural and other underserved communities throughout Texas. The TM400_2 will initially be deployed in 200G coherent mode with 100GbE clients, with an onramp to 400G links with 400GbE clients as bandwidth demands increase. Ribbon also will supply 24/7 U.S.-based support.

“Ribbon is already proving itself to be a very flexible and dependable partner and offers us the services, expertise, and flexibility we require,” commented Mike Miller, general manager at TLSN. “Their solutions, pricing, and support model enable us to support our members with a robust, high-capacity network.”

“TLSN is a key player in the Texas rural market and we’re proud to be supporting them with our optimized, automated and open IP optical solutions. We look forward to further growing the relationship,” added Elizabeth Page, Ribbon’s senior sales director, rural markets.

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