Columbus Networks has upgraded its Florida Transport Network, a U.S. optical backbone that connects to various international undersea optical network cabling systems in the Caribbean and Central America with new 40 Gbps channels to the existing Nokia Siemens Networks' hiT 7300 DWDM platform it deployed in 2008.
Following this latest upgrade, Columbus will also leverage Nokia Siemens Networks in its next network expansion phase set for the second half of 2010 to create the Florida Transport Network II. In addition to enhancing network security and service resilience, the Florida Transport Network II will offer 40 additional 40 Gbps channels to accommodate data traffic, for an estimated 3 Tbps of total network capacity.
"Customers are increasingly less able to predict their capacity needs in advance, so it's crucial our network is built with the flexibility to quickly and reliably enable major 'in-service' upgrades, without impact to existing services," said Peter Collins, chief technology officer at Columbus Networks in a release. "This successful deployment is a clear sign of Nokia Siemens Networks' leadership in providing robust, ultra-high capacity 40G solutions."
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