DukeNet Communications, a regional fiber-centric provider, has completed its core network upgrade to 100G, enabling it to deliver both 40G and 100G wavelength services to carrier and enterprise customers throughout its service area.
Leveraging Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) ONS 15454, the network enhancement will enable it to better respond to customer demands without the need to replace existing fiber infrastructure.
Over this upgraded core network, DukeNet will be able to provide 40/100G capabilities throughout its footprint in the Carolinas and the Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets it operates in throughout the Southeast.
Michael Prendergast, senior vice president for sales and marketing at DukeNet, said that the upgrade "proactively positions us to respond in a way that underscores our 'Next Gen Next Door' philosophy" to update existing 10G or add new 40G or 100G service.
The upgrade includes interconnections into major data centers and carrier hotels in four states--Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia--that reach major content and IP exchange facilities. These interconnection points are housed in Atlanta and in Ashburn, Va., one of the largest Internet hubs in the United States.
Similar to Lightower, DukeNet's connection into Atlanta avoids the I-85 route, while the expansion into Ashburn will avoid the crowded I-95 route as a way to reduce network latency.
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