Sidera to supply fiber-based services to MBTA

Sidera's ability to focus on targeting customer needs as a private company continues to pay off as this week the service provider scored a deal to provide their optical services to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Set on powering business applications that the MBTA says are "designed to improve the rider experience," Sidera will provide the organization with fiber network connectivity to support a variety of high bandwidth business applications including real time data feeds and customized transit alert tools.

"With this network upgrade, I am confident we now have the capacity, reliability and scalability we need to continue to deliver outstanding rider experiences today and in the years to come," said Gary Foster, CTO of the MBTA.

After conducting a "rigorous" RFP review and bidding process, what set Sidera's proposal part from others, explained the MBTA, was two factors: redundant fiber routes and a Web portal for service information and utilization.

The MBTA is another major flagship customer win in the Massachusetts region for Sidera. In addition to the MBTA, Sidera is in the process of building out the Open Cape middle mile network in Southern Massachusetts, a contract it previously won under the RCN Metro brand.

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