COMLINK taps ECI for packet optical network expansion

U.S. Midwest fiber-optic network operator COMLINK has launched a network expansion project using optical transport gear from ECI Telecom, according to the systems vendor.

U.S. Midwest fiber-optic network operator COMLINK has launched a network expansion project using optical transport gear from ECI Telecom, according to the systems vendor.

ECI says it will supply its NPT and Apollo packet-optical transport systems, banded together via ECI's LightSoft unified network management platform. The systems house asserts it won the supply contract based on its technology leadership, 100-Gbps port density, and lowest total cost of ownership among the options evaluated.

"Our main concerns when planning our next-generation infrastructure were how to build a future-proof network to address the growing demand for bandwidth and new services while maintaining the carrier-grade service availability, performance, and security our customers are looking for," confirmed COMLINK COO, John Summerset. "ECI’s one-stop-shop Fast Ethernet to 100-Gbps solution met all the criteria we presented at the lowest total cost of ownership."

COMLINK has more than 7000 miles of fiber and optical-metro rings throughout the Midwest. It provides cloud, dedicated and virtual private server, storage, and co-location services. The network expansion aims to meet the market’s demand for business services, and includes creation of a new data center and a national private medical network designed tailored for the healthcare industry.

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