KPU Telecommunications deploys Infinera XTM Series packet-optical platform for broadband services

Dec. 21, 2020
The packet-optical platforms will enable KPU Telecommunications to offer broadband services while leveraging 200G optical transport across a 167-km unamplified submarine cable that links Ketchikan to mainland terrestrial networks.

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) says it has supplied members of its XTM Series of packet-optical platforms to KPU Telecommunications, a provider of residential and business communications services owned by the City of Ketchikan, AK. The packet-optical platforms will enable KPU Telecommunications to offer broadband services while leveraging 200G optical transport across a 167-km unamplified submarine cable that links Ketchikan to mainland terrestrial networks.

KPU offers residential internet, digital TV, and voice as well as high-speed business services. By deploying the XTM Series packet-optical platforms with the XH800 packet aggregation device enables the services provider to support 1G, 10G, 25G, 100G, and 200G transport, says Infinera. The technology provider also has supplied network operations center (NOC) services to supplement KPU’s in-house operations resources.

“The rich feature set of the Infinera solution combined with exceptional service and support laid the foundation for a strong technology partnership that is yielding benefits for all of our customers in Ketchikan,” said Ed Cushing, division manager at KPU Telecommunications. “In addition to the plug, play, and walk away experience, we were extremely pleased with all aspects of the deployment and Infinera’s ability to meet key milestones in the face of exceptionally tight project deadlines and ongoing logistical challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly in light of the requirement to coordinate simultaneous cross-border installations in Alaska and Canada.”

“Residents of local communities like Ketchikan have the same growing broadband needs as more densely populated regions, and ensuring reliable, high-capacity transport connectivity is no less critical to local network operators,” added Nick Walden, senior vice president, sales at Infinera. “We were excited to take on this new challenge with a new customer and pleased to exceed expectations by delivering a solution that provided the economics, capacity, and future-proofing features KPU required. Our network management service worked directly with the KPU team to ensure a seamless operations transition.”

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