Com Net, a wholesale service provider serving the Western Ohio market, is employing Cyan's Z-Series packet optical transport platforms and its CyMS management system for its GigE Plus Availability Coalition (GigEPAC) middle mile network.
Set to serve rural and underserved communities in 28 western Ohio counties, the GigEPAC middle mile network project was made possible through a $30 million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grant. This network will deliver an array of services that range from lower speed traditional T1 up to Ethernet.
Upon completion, Com Net will add close to 700 miles of fiber to its existing network. Over this network, it will leverage Cyan's to connect about 880 anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, medical/healthcare providers, public safety organizations, universities and community colleges to the GigEPAC network.
The GigEPAC project will benefit consumers (businesses, residents, hospitals and libraries) other regional service providers.
Similar to other middle mile projects, GigEPAC will provide alternative wholesale network service to the region's 33 last-mile service providers providing speeds of up to 100 Gbps. Up till now, area providers had little options but to go to pay expensive charges to large incumbent service providers.
At the same time, the project will also give library patrons and 322 public safety agencies broadband services that were traditionally not available in their areas, for example.
Randy Plaisier, CTO of Com Net said in a release that "The disparity in broadband connectivity between rural and urban areas of western Ohio up until now meant that our communities' anchor institutions could not obtain broadband services."
- see the release
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