Cable Technology Feature Article
February 24, 2009
FiberLight Deploys Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Platform in Texas
By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor
FiberLight, a provider of metro optical networking, has begun a statewide deployment of Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platforms (Packet ONPs) across Texas.
The deployment aims to provide premium managed communications services to enterprise, government, content providers, and other service provider customers throughout its 1,500+ route miles.
According to Jim Hintze, senior vice president of marketing at Fujitsu Network Communications (News - Alert), they recognize the burgeoning need of bandwidth, and have a unique perspective on the explosive demand coming from all across the state.
By building a network with their FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking platform, FiberLight is well positioned for today’s bandwidth needs, and is ready to scale them to support the increasing, media-rich bandwidth needs of the future.
Thanks to the connection-oriented Ethernet capabilities of their platform, FiberLight will be able to continue supporting mission-critical, delay-sensitive services as their customer’s requirements migrate from DS1s and DS3s to Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet circuits.
Kevin Coyne, president, and chief operating officer at FiberLight explained that Fujitsu FLASHWAVE 9500 platform allows them to deliver multiple services with a single product that combines SONET, ROADM (News - Alert), and Ethernet capabilities. Because the platform easily scales to support higher capacities, it allows them to keep their initial capital costs down. They also now have lower operating costs due to its small footprint and low power consumption.
“Our experience with other Fujitsu products made our decision easier because we know the product quality will help us maintain a superior customer experience.”
The management of FiberLight’s high-availability, mission-critical network will be provided by Fujitsu in their two fully-redundant network operations centers (NOCs) located in Sunnyvale, Calif. and Richardson, Texas.
“The business case for a NOC (News - Alert) typically limits small companies to a single location staffed by personnel that must perform both provisioning and maintenance functions using the most cost-effective tools, which are usually not the most robust in the industry,” said Coyne.
Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi