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November 20, 2012

Dakota Carrier Network Selects Ciena's Coherent Optical Technology



By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor



Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) LLC, a North Dakota-based communications provider, has selected and deployed Ciena’s coherent optical technology to deliver 40G and 100G wavelength services across its statewide optical backbone.

The upgraded network allows DCN to deliver scalable, high-speed, low-latency voice, video and data services to its commercial, education and government customers at speeds of 10G, 40G, 100G and beyond.

Officials with Ciena said DCN recently deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors in an 88-channel DWDM ring.

This configuration allows DCN to easily scale capacity and program its network to deliver 40G and 100G wavelength services to support demand from their cellular backhaul, business and residential customers across the state.

In addition, DCN’s previously installed Ciena 10Gequipment is easily upgraded through the 6500 platform, providing DCN the ability to offer new wavelength services using existing infrastructure.

According to company officials, DCN’s upgraded network can provide bandwidth-intensive voice, video and data transport at speeds up to 10 times faster than typical service available in the region today, which can help spur economic advancement by attracting businesses that depend on reliable, high-speed, high-capacity connectivity for a competitive advantage.

 “DCN provides the foundation for much of North Dakota’s telecommunications infrastructure, and is thus a critical enabler of the state’s economic advancement,” Evan Hass, general manager, DCN, LLC, said in a statement.

“With Ciena’s industry-leading 6500, we can provide our customers confidence that North Dakota has the communications infrastructure to support delivery of broadband-enabled services including healthcare, education, public safety and long-term business growth,” said Hass.

Chad Whalen, vice president and general manager, North America field operations at Ciena, said that DCN is a great example of a regional service provider that is taking advantage of developments in packet-optical transport technology to help foster economic opportunity for its customers and local community.

“Ciena’s coherent optical technology gives DCN a cost-effective and future-proof foundation to ensure its residential, commercial and government customers have the connectivity required to be successful,” said Whalen.

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Edited by Braden Becker
 
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