Florida LambdaRail taps Ekinops for 200G R&E fiber network upgrade

Ekinops (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI) says it will supply elements of its optical transport systems line to Florida LambdaRail. The non-profit research and education network operator will use the optical network to add 200G capabilities to its fiber network.

Ekinops (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 – EKI) says it will supply elements of its optical transport systems line to Florida LambdaRail. The non-profit research and education network operator will use the optical network to add 200G capabilities to its fiber network.

The French optical systems vendor says it won the contract for the fiber-optic network upgrade against multiple competitors. As a result, it has begun supplying Florida LambdaRail with the 360 platform and PM 200FRS02 FlexRate modules to support 100G and 200G transmission, as well as the PM 100G-AGG modules for 10G service aggregation. Ekinops received a Master Purchase Agreement/Master Sales Agreement (MPA/MSA) that enables the company to offer community-wide pricing to partner institutions and affiliates of Florida LambdaRail.

“What we were looking for was a solution that was easily deployed, scalable and cost-effective – that means it provides greater capacity and sustained wave hour availability at less cost,” said Chris Griffin, chief network architect at Florida LambdaRail (FLR). “We also really like the fact that we can deploy 100G wavelengths then double our bandwidth as needed to meet the diverse growth and utilization needs of the FLR community.”

FLR operates a 1,540-mile dark fiber network that provides pipelines through which Florida’s higher education institutions and partners can support of their scientific research and other educational endeavors.

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