Dobson Technologies deploys Cyan packet-optical, SDN platforms

Aug. 21, 2013
Dobson Technologies, which provides business and residential telecom and transport services as well as cloud data center services across Oklahoma, has deployed Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs) from Cyan (NYSE: CYNI). Dobson also has opted for Cyan’s Blue Planet software-defined networking (SDN) system.

Dobson Technologies, which provides business and residential telecom and transport services as well as cloud data center services across Oklahoma, has deployed Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs) from Cyan (NYSE: CYNI). Dobson also has opted for Cyan’s Blue Planet software-defined networking (SDN) system.

Dobson offers statewide small and medium business IT, business telecom, and wholesale data transport services to rural Oklahoma communities with increasingly sophisticated requirements. “We are seeing a number of demands, primarily from wireless backhaul, business Ethernet, and data center customers, that have challenged our network resources and operational model,” explains James Rutherford, Dobson’s president of network operations. “The Cyan Z-Series platform allows us to cost-effectively address those demands. But to truly get ahead of the curve and proactively offer compelling and profitable new services requires sophisticated software such as Cyan Blue Planet, which will help us create an entirely new customer experience.”

Cyan has supplied its Z77, Z33, and Z22 packet-optical systems, which Dobson has installed in approximately 40 markets. The service provider will use the Blue Planet applications Planet Design for network design functions, Planet Operate for network and service orchestration functions, and Planet View, which provides customers with visibility into and control over their services.

“Dobson is not the first but may be one of the best examples of a network operator using advanced packet-optical technology to improve scale and reduce costs while simultaneously leveraging SDN concepts to deliver more differentiable services to their customers. This combination truly helps operators develop sustainable business models,” according to Cyan co-founder Eric Clelland.

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