GWI incorporates Cyan into its middle mile, business services initiatives

GWI, the Maine-based service provider best known as the lead sponsor of the Three Ring Binder middle mile network, has selected Cyan's packet‐optical transport platforms (P‐OTPs) and management system for three key network initiatives.

Specifically, GWI will employ the P‐OTP platform for three main projects: its colocation sites in Boston and New York City, Maine's Three‐Ring Binder project to provide wholesale services to other area service providers and managed services to enterprise customers, and expanding its own hosted business services reach.

As an effort to connect Maine businesses and residents to key Internet points, GWI is building a 10 GbE ring connecting Portland to Boston and New York City. To ensure network redundancy, the service provider will deploy Cyan's Z-Series P-OTP in colocation centers in downtown Boston and Manhattan.

Providing a connection to Portland for many underserved and unserved rural areas in Maine, GWI will also employ the Cyan gear along the 1,100-mile fiber network to provide services to businesses and residential customers.

David Allen, vice president of infrastructure at GWI, said that several hundred miles of fiber will be laid by the end of the year on the Three Ring Binder network with plans to complete the entire network by the end of 2012.

"We see this project as a way to get some serious bandwidth into the more rural areas of the state and connect these areas back to Southern Maine, and with this project with Cyan and network partner Sidera all the way to Boston and New York City," Allen said in an interview with FierceTelecom. "Bringing that connectivity from Boston and New York up to the state of Maine and having it connected to the Three Ring Binder network we think opens up opportunity."

Allen added that up until now, "Maine has not always been on the map when it comes to the Internet and we feel like this brings the Internet here."

But this deployment is not just about network expansion alone. GWI plans to also the Cyan gear to expand its hosted business services, including hosted IP PBX and cloud.

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