Tellabs Inc. (NASDAQ: TLAB) says that campus housing service provider Elauwit Networks has expanded the deployment of Tellabs' Optical LAN to five additional college campuses, following the deployment across eight colleges in 2013.
Elauwit selected Tellabs' Optical LAN due its scalability to easily meet students’ growing bandwidth needs now and for decades to come, according to the vendor.
College students' bandwidth demands are a major challenge for any student housing network. Schools have to respond by increasing bandwidth to student residential accommodation, according to the 2014 State of ResNet report by ACUTA, NACUBO, and ACUHO-I. Tellabs' fiber-based Optical LAN will provide the campuses with "virtually unlimited" bandwidth, capable of speeds of up to 101 Tbps, to support RF video and ultra-high-speed wired and wireless Internet services.
The Optical LAN approach is based on passive optical network (PON) technology adopted from fiber to the home (FTTH) deployments (see "Optics to the desktop sets LANs alight").
Unlike the traditional copper-based LAN that requires more equipment and constant infrastructure upgrades to support more bandwidth and new services, Tellabs' Optical LAN can easily scale and keep pace with students’ bandwidth needs, the company says.
Furthermore, the Optical LAN's compact design is a perfect fit for the cottage-style properties, according to Tellabs. It enables the bandwidth that has come to be expected in today's construction and bulk telecom projects, yet takes up 90% less space than legacy copper-based architectures. This makes the installation much simpler to manage.
"Whether it's streaming high-quality video or simply browsing through online study materials, bandwidth needs of college students put campus networks under huge pressure," said Taylor Jones, CTO at Elauwit. "Following the success of the previous deployment, we knew Tellabs' Optical LAN was the only way to future-proof college campuses."
Tellabs' partner CORE Telecom Systems coordinated all logistics and support for the deployment.
The following properties are included in the deployment:
- Aspen Heights Corpus Christie, TX
- Aspen Heights Fort Collins, CO
- Aspen Heights Starkville, MS
- Capstone New Mexico, NM
- Capstone San Marcos, TX.
The parties will be discussing the deployment at the ACUTA Fall Seminar, booth #14, taking place October 26 – 29, 2014 in Boston, MA.
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