December 11, 2012
OCG's Network Presence Reaches Over 50 Buildings in Lower Manhattan
By Sujata Garud
Optical Communications Group (OCG) has revealed that its network presence has reached over 50 additional buildings in lower Manhattan. The company, who is able to reconnect networks back to their previous carrier as well as add new connections by providing new fiber optic local loops, has also partnered with major carriers in the area to provide voice and Internet services to customers in need.
Brad Ickes, president of OCG, explained in a statement, "Our knowledge of the region and robust network allows us to facilitate the networks in Manhattan's most severely impacted. We were fortunate enough to retain our services throughout the storm and our network has the additional capacity to supplement and support those that are still trying to recover. OCG's added presence into these buildings ensures lower Manhattan is getting back on track."
As a fiber dense region, lower Manhattan experienced substantial damage during the recent events of Superstorm Sandy. Needless to say, new connection points are necessary to get networks with cables destroyed functioning on a normal level. Thankfully, OCG's network was not affected by the storms therefore the company is well positioned to support those networks without service.
With network routes that bypass Manhattan as well as direct routes into the city, OCG provides carriers with reliable and secure connectivity options. Furthermore, the company’s network offers redundancy and routes available for temporary connections that supplement primary routes without incurring substantial fees.
Recently, OCG announced that its fully fiber optic network is available to support voice and data services for customers in lower Manhattan. Nearly 5,000 telephone lines have already been reserved by the company’s voice carrier partners, with company officials reporting that these lines are reserved for businesses, enterprises and property owners requiring immediate service downtown.
The company added that it is also installing salt water-resistant fiber optic cables throughout lower Manhattan. As salt water destroyed a large portion of the copper cables in downtown Manhattan during the storm, these advanced cables use the latest technology to add reliability back to the area.
The affected copper cables serviced the main part of New York City’s local loop telecommunication network. Company officials said that the local loop serves as a critical connection from the customer to the switching station, and the substantial damage left many customers without connectivity.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo
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