Mammoth Networks, a competitive wholesale virtual network aggregator serving mainly rural Western U.S. markets, on Friday completed a core network upgrade in a number of the Western U.S. states it serves.
By upgrading nine sites, a list that includes locations in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Billings, Montana; and Spokane, Washington, to 10 G fiber, the service provider said it increased its network capacity and reach five-fold.
To make this network upgrade possible, Mammoth enlisted the help of two partners: Zayo and Brocade. It signed a wholesale agreement with Zayo for long haul fiber facilities and deployed a VPLS network configuration with Brocade equipment.
Serving mainly less populated rural areas, Mammoth said that Zayo's fiber routes in the Rocky Mountain region "perfectly complement" its footprint.
A key element of the network upgrade is that it is able to converge all of the carrier's services over a native, all-Ethernet network. Previously, Mammoth used a mixture of SONET, wavelength and switched Ethernet services to connect its network gear in each of these nine Points of Presence (POPs).
Jeremy Malli, Mammoth's CTO, said that "the 10 Gbps speed upgrades enabled Mammoth to also migrate traditional ATM onto the Ethernet core using pseudowire." He added that the service provider will continue to support a suite of both legacy Frame Relay, ATM and emerging Ethernet and optical wavelength services over this network.
Besides simplifying its core network infrastructure, Mammoth's latest upgrade will enhance its ability to provide Ethernet in over 120 additional cities in Montana, Oregon and Washington.
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