24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network offers transport and Ethernet services

Aug. 29, 2013
Fiber-optic network services provider 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is adding lit services to its repertoire. The company will offer the services to its customers in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas using Ciena’s (NASDAQ: CIEN) 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

Fiber-optic network services provider 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is adding lit services to its repertoire. The company will offer the services to its customers in the Washington, DC, Baltimore, and Ashburn, VA, areas using Ciena’s (NASDAQ: CIEN) 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

As its name implies, 24/7 Mid-Atlantic Network is expanding its fiber footprint to connect Baltimore, Ashburn, and Washington, DC. Its footprint will include Northern Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula (see, for example, “24/7 to connect dark fiber backbone to CoreSite DC1 data center”). The new network infrastructure should be operational by the end of this year.

"We are thrilled to enter into the lit services market,” said Sean Baillie, chief revenue officer at 24/7. “Coupled with our colocation and dark fiber services, this is the next logical step to offer additional value to our customers. Across the data center, wireless, enterprise, cable, and government sectors we see high-capacity bandwidth needs continue to grow.”

The company will offer a 24-hour turn-up guarantee on 10-Gbps services using its long-haul and metro fiber-optic networks.

"Our core routes will serve a well-established community of buyers that have high-capacity demands," said Baillie, "and our unique value is flexibility and operating speed. This same value also applies to our metro networks as we are connecting additional enterprise buildings, data centers, military installations, and tower locations, among other applications to our core network; we are moving customer data wherever it ultimately needs to go throughout our footprint. Our close relationship with Ciena is extremely important in fulfilling our commitment to our customers."

“We are helping 24/7 to build a cost-optimized, programmable network that can efficiently scale to support their government, service provider, and enterprise customers’ requirements,” said Chad Whalen, vice president and general manager, North America field operations, at Ciena. “In addition, Ciena’s 6500 with intelligent WaveLogic coherent optical technology, part of our OPn programmable network architecture, enables 24/7 to differentiate themselves from their competitors and meet guarantees like their 24-hour service turn up.”

“Our customers have specific requirements: flexible service options, fast quote turnaround, competitive pricing, and rapid installations,” Baillie concluded. “The Ciena 6500 Platform enables us to meet these demands now and into the future. Our competition will have some work to do to keep up with us in how nimbly we operate."

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