FiberLight taps Ciena's platforms for South Florida optical overlay build

FiberLight has employed Ciena's 6500 converged packet optical platform and 5160 Service Aggregation switch for an optical network overbuild of its South Florida network, a move it says will enable it to better respond to higher speed requirements from its mix of business and wholesale customers.

Running from North Palm Beach to Doral, the network upgrade will affect 70 percent of FiberLight's South Florida network.

Upon completion later this month, the upgraded core network will connect to nearly every data center in the region and will feature DWDM-based nodes and Ethernet aggregation switches at six data centers in Miami, including the NAP of the Americas, two Equinix locations, Miami Data Vault, QTS and Peak 10.

Each of the Ciena platforms will serve distinct roles in this network overlay.

The 6500 platform will enable FiberLight to deploy wavelength connectivity across data centers in the Miami region at speeds ranging from 10G through 100G.

Meanwhile, Ciena's 5160 Service Aggregation Switch, which includes OneControl Unified Management System for faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility, will deliver business services such as Ethernet.

"The 6500 platform is perfect for the growth of our core backbone and it offers the range of services and scalability for all of our existing as well as our new customers primarily in the data center areas of the South Florida region, which is a key point of focus for FiberLight," said Jeff Chapman, executive vice president of engineering services for FiberLight, in an interview with FierceTelecom.

Providing traditional connectivity services is just part of this network build. Chapman said the new platforms and the overlay network build will enable it to support new service capabilities, such as bandwidth on demand and extending services to smaller businesses.

"Being with Ciena, we could focus on the core systems and where to deliver not only the most versatile platform, but also something that maximizes and improves our operational efficiency by providing such things as bandwidth on demand and local platforms of services throughout the market," Chapman said. "One of our troubled areas was the Palm Beach area, which we have now gotten on the core network and it gives us connectivity down to the NAP of the Americas in order to get the bigger bandwidth opportunities not only from the data carriers there, but also from small and medium enterprises as well."

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