JUNE 29, 2009 -- Lightower Fiber Networks (search Lightwave for Lightower), a metro fiber network and bandwidth service provider serving the northeast United States, is using technology from Nortel (search Lightwave for Nortel) to offer first-to-market 40-Gbps bandwidth service for carriers and large enterprises in the region.
With 400,000 miles of fiber in a network that spans the New England, New York metro, Long Island, and Hudson Valley markets, Lightower specializes in providing customers with a broad range of high-bandwidth connectivity services. With the rapid growth of its customer base and increasing demand for bandwidth, Lightower has upgraded its core network backbone to 40 Gbps to provide connectivity services from 1 to 40 Gbps. To prepare for future growth, Lightower will begin testing Nortel 100-Gbps services on its network later this summer, the systems vendor says.
"As the first bandwidth provider to offer true 40G service in the Northeast, Lightower has put significant investment in building a robust fiber network that is second to none in performance and reliability," said Jason Campbell, senior vice president, Lightower Fiber Networks. "Nortel provides a plug-and-play 40G solution that also has the flexibility to offer multiple types of services from a single platform. Their equipment delivers low network latency on both 10G and 40G connections, and Nortel provides us with a clear evolution path to 100G."
Lightower's 40G network is powered by Nortel's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 ROADM along with its 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine technology. Together, the technologies provide a 40-Gbps approach that can overcome hurdles associated with many DWDM deployments, Nortel asserts. Nortel claims the OME 6500's electronic dispersion compensation capabilities at both 10 and 40 Gbps completely eliminate the need for additional in-line compensation equipment and results in a much simpler and cost-effective network design.
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