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January 11, 2010

Ciena Aids ETC with its CN 4200 FlexSelect Solution

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

ETC, a local, broadband, cable TV, telephone, wireless phones and security company serving north Georgia and the Copper Basin area, has reportedly selected Ciena Corporation for its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform.
Company officials at ETC said that they choose Ciena’s solution to upgrade company’s backbone network with additional capacity, optical protection switching for resiliency against accidental fiber cuts and the ability to offer SONET, Ethernet, storage and digital video services via programmable ports.
Stacy Pettit, network operations manager at ETC, said that after reviewing all of its options, Ciena stood out based on its reputation in optical service delivery and innovative OTN and programmable port technology, which gives ETC the flexibility to aggregate, switch and transport a variety of services to meet different customer needs.
“In addition, Ciena’s approach to integrating tunable 10G transponders with optical protection switching cost-effectively ensures our network resiliency, which is critical as we continue expanding to serve business customers with high-availability needs,” Pettit said.
The latest deployment is helping ETC to offer 10 Gigabit Ethernet services to multiple sites for several business customers across a fiber constrained route on its network.
In addition, CN 4200 is also helping ETC to expand its network capacity and services without cost-prohibitive initial investment by adding new channels, OTN service transparency and mapping any service to any port.
According to Mike Aquino, senior vice president, global field operations at Ciena, ETC’s deployment highlights the benefits of CN 4200’s innovative features and architecture, including upgrading the network without disrupting the existing SONET services, line cards that can be programmed to support different services to reduce sparing costs and the ability to add network capacity in increments.
Following the successful deployment of CN4200, ETC has also selected Ciena’s ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite, which includes advanced tools such as auto discovery of the network topology and deployed elements, service setup and teardown, statistics collection and analysis, configuration backup and restoration, and node level diagnostics and configuration control which enable efficient management of ETC’s network.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney