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FirstLight Fiber Taps Ciena for 100G Upgrade

LIGHTWAVE ONLINE – May 13, 2014 – FirstLight Fiber, a service provider operating fiber-optic networks in Upstate New York and Northern New England with connectivity to Canada, has expanded its network capabilities to support 100-Gbps connectivity at any of its on-net locations.

This high-speed network upgrade comes in response to increased customer demand for high-bandwidth connections in Tier 2 and Tier 3 metro markets, the company says.

FirstLight says this capability was accomplished with the support provided by LightRiver Technologies, an integrator of multi-vendor transport networks, and leverages Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical transport platform.

FirstLight will also be able to better manage, monitor, and control network performance using Ciena’s OneControl unified management system, which provides simple point-and-click service provisioning to enable faster service turn-up and end-to-end visibility of network performance.

“LightRiver is proud to work with FirstLight on this important project. After evaluating what’s available in the market, FirstLight has taken decisive action to undertake this network upgrade leveraging best-in-breed technology from Ciena. In doing so, it proves that 100-Gbps connections are no longer just for customers located in Tier 1 markets by making them available for everyone throughout Upstate New York and Northern New England,” said Michael P. Jonas, president of global sales and marketing for LightRiver.

With this network upgrade, FirstLight says it now has the capability of offering 100-Gbps point-to-point wavelengths between any on-net locations throughout its footprint. The operator’s network spans 190,000 fiber miles connecting in excess of 1400 buildings with the ability to serve an additional 10,000 in close proximity to its network.

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