November 28, 2005 State College, PA -- Pennsylvania State University and TelCove, a provider of telecommunications services to enterprise customers and carriers, announced that they have partnered on a joint fiber build between Penn State's University Park campus at State College and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC).
According to a press release, the PSC operates the Three Rivers Optical Exchange, a high-performance network hub through which Penn State gains Internet2 and commodity Internet access. This same network hub will now provide connection to the National LambdaRail research network. The joint project will cover approximately 186 miles between State College and Pittsburgh. Penn State's high-speed fiber connectivity to the National LambdaRail will enable the university to test and run new bandwidth-intensive applications and technologies.
"The National LambdaRail network is an optical infrastructure-based network which will provide dedicated research bandwidth," comments J. Gary Augustson, Penn State's vice provost for Information Technology. "We are pleased to work with Telcove to create this LambdaRail connection for the university which will provide tremendous benefit to many of Penn State's departments and programs."
"This joint build with Penn State University demonstrates TelCove's ongoing commitment to this premiere customer," adds Bob Guth, President and CEO of TelCove. "This high-speed link between State College and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center enhances the core network infrastructure needed to keep Pennsylvania's educational institutions at the leading edge."