Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CapeNet Moving Ahead on Fiber Network

CapeNet LLC selected Ciena Corporation and Integration Partners to increase bandwidth from 10G to 100G and beyond for the fiber optic OpenCape Network that is scheduled to be completed January 2013. Ciena Ethernet solutions will provide the fiber optic network being constructed in Southeastern Massachusetts and on Cape Cod.

The network is being funded through a Broadband Technology Opportunity Program (BTOP) grant made possible by ARRA. So far, there have been several federally-funded BTOP recipients also using Ciena that includes DC-CAN, Navaho Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA), U.S. Unified Community anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) and NetworkMaine (MaineREN).

The OpenCape Network will be able to provide high speed broadband connectivity to improve public safety, health, social services, and emergency care as well as help local government and administration offices deliver distance learning, telemedicine, security monitoring, and other advanced applications not currently possible with the present infrastructure.

On Cape Cod, the network will provide high-speed broadband connectivity to community anchor institutions, to include 30 libraries, 5 colleges, 15 town network hubs, and 6 research institutions. The network will offer opportunities to hundreds of additional anchor institutions, and nearly 62,000 businesses.

Stephen B. Alexander, Ciena Senior Vice President and CTO, reports that “Ciena’s WaveLogic™” Coherent Optical Processors will vastly expand capacity without disrupting existing networks and will provide cost effective upgrades from 10G to 40G or 100G with a clear path to 400G.”

For more information, go to http://www.ciena.com/.