MTA Fiber Holdings picks Ciena for build out of long-haul fiber network

MTA Fiber Holdings is using Ciena's technology to build a long-haul fiber network that connects Alaska to the rest of the United States. (Pixabay)

MTA Fiber Holdings is tapping into Ciena for the build-out of a long-haul fiber network that will connect Alaska to the lower 48 states.

MTA Fiber Holdings will be using Ciena’s 5170 Service Aggregation Switch and 6500 Packet-Optical platform to make the Alaska Canada Overland Network (AlCan ONE) network more adaptive.

The upgrade will make for an adaptive network that is secure, can handle increasing demand and provide faster and better protection in the event of a fiber cut or equipment failure.

“We are very proud to have chosen Ciena’s robust, optical and packet platforms to play a vital role in AlCan ONE, making the network best-in-class and exceeding the highest industry standards,” said MTA CEO Michael Burke, in a statement. “Our customers will now receive faster, lower-latency service, and experience quicker recovery times for any possible outages, making this a win for residential, business and governmental users, and ultimately for the state of Alaska as a whole.”

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AlCan ONE will start off with capacity of over 100 Tbps, but capacity can be expanded and increased in the future as demand grows. The long-haul fiber network will establish a secure and reliable fiber connection to any point in the contiguous United States, as well as connecting Alaska’s data centers to one another.

Construction on the new terrestrial fiber line has started and will continue throughout 2019, with a goal of being completed by the middle of next year.