Pangaea Networks opts for Transmode packet-optical transport for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services

Pangaea Networks, which supplies metro Ethernet local loop connectivity in New York City and tri-state area, is deploying Transmode's TM-Series packet-optical transport platforms to support the delivery of MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) services on its PANMetro Ethernet Ring, according to the systems house. The carrier expects to complete the upgrade early in 2015.

Pangaea Networks, which supplies metro Ethernet local loop connectivity in New York City and tri-state area, is deploying Transmode's TM-Series packet-optical transport platforms to support the delivery of MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) services on its PANMetro Ethernet Ring, according to the systems house. The carrier expects to complete the upgrade early in 2015.

Pangaea Networks is replacing its existing fiber-optic network hardware to support delivery of business Ethernet, mobile backhaul, wholesale, and LAN access services, Transmode says. The new infrastructure includes nodes across New York and the surrounding tri-state area connected via a large mesh network that supports multiple overlaid protected rings. The design provides any-to-any connectivity across the entire network as well as support of both Layer 1 and Layer 2 packet-optical applications.

"After a thorough technical evaluation of 12 different global providers of packet-optical networking solutions, we selected Transmode," said Matthew O'Leary, Pangaea Networks' vice president of engineering and operations. "There were a number of factors that led to Pangaea's selection of the Transmode TM-Series to support the next leg up in our network expansion. Key among them is our ability to now deploy the bandwidth equivalent of 40 wavelengths of capacity right out of the gate, to support increasing customer demand for our PANMetro Ethernet Ring Service.

"In addition, the ability to offer our customers 10-gig, STM-64 and OC192 services as well rapidly scaling capacity to 80 wavelengths through multiplexing without the need for regeneration equipment, allows us to scale at a lower cost, while maintaining a fully redundant network," O’Leary continued. "There were no other suppliers that could provide the type of modular platform that the Transmode TM-Series provides, while also maintaining strict adherence to Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) standards for quality of service."

The infrastructure upgrade includes Transmode's family of EMXP packet optical transport switches. Combining ROADMs together with these switches enables Pangaea to provide three of the CE2.0 linchpins – multiple classes of service, interconnect, and manageability. While Pangea currently operates the network at 10 Gbps, the infrastructure is capable of supporting 100-Gbps services when needed. The carrier also will leverage Transmode’s Enlighten multi-layer management suite and Transmode Planning Tool (TPT).

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