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Columbia County Broadband Picks Cyan for Software-Defined Fiber Network

September 07, 2012

Columbia County Broadband Picks Cyan for Software-Defined Fiber Network

By Jyothi Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

Columbia County Broadband Network, a company that specializes in offering broadband connectivity to the community, recently adapted Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTP), the Cyan 360 software-defined operations suite for intuitive service and multi-vendor network management, and CyNOC professional services to build a high-speed fiber network in Georgia.

Lewis Foster, broadband manager at Columbia County Community Broadband Utility (C3BU), said the company sought a solution that could improve the responsiveness of public safety agencies and the efficiency of city and county governments, while increasing health services and public connectivity including all levels of education.

“Cyan's software-defined metro network solutions and enhanced support services provide us with a turnkey installation and the ability to manage any network disruptions as they arise,” Foster added. “Cyan's solutions, team and first-class support organization have been indispensable in helping us improve the overall quality of life for our residents."

The Cyan Z-series P-OTPs is enabling Columbia County to deliver Ethernet services at speeds up to 10Gbps to critical service institutions including the Sheriff's Office, the Medical College of Georgia, the Board of Education, schools, libraries, senior centers and community centers.

The Z-Series platforms support the ability to drive performance assured Ethernet services with multiple 10G and future 100G wavelength services per fiber using dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM). C3BU required a software-defined metro network operations model to offer a dependable and scalable fiber optic network with low total cost of ownership.

“C3BU will cost-effectively deliver Gigabit Ethernet services to Columbia County's geographically dispersed region of 40,000 households and 4,900 businesses that currently lack sufficient access to health and safety services," said vice president of North American sales, Eric Clelland. "We will provide the county with Cyan's software-defined metro network solution, backed by CyNOC professional services to assist with scaling network services as their citizens' public safety and community needs evolve."

Cyan offers its services to local access service providers as well as operators of regional transport, business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, data center and cable MSO networks.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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