FirstLight FiberFirstLight Fiber announced today that it has expanded its network capabilities to support 100 Gbps connectivity at any of its on-net locations. This network expansion comes in response to increased customer demand for high bandwidth connections in Tier 2 and Tier 3 metro markets. This capability was accomplished in part due to the support provided by LightRiver Technologies, an integrator of multi-vendor transport networks, and leverages Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optics.

FirstLight is now 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.

“FirstLight is focused on supporting its customers’ needs, and this network enhancement, which now makes 100 Gbps capability ubiquitously available, further demonstrates our commitment to the continued enhancement of the suite of services offered,” commented James Capuano, Chief of Network Operations for FirstLight Fiber. “The 100 Gbps capability we have been offering provides customers with a reliable and efficient means to transport their mission critical data, and now that our entire network is capable of scaling above 100 Gbps, our customers can be confident that we will continue to support their business applications.”

“LightRiver is proud to work with FirstLight on this important project and applauds the company for continuing to offer the innovative solutions needed for businesses to thrive in the digital age. 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,” commented Michael P. Jonas, President of Global Sales and Marketing for LightRiver. “This network upgrade is a game changer for customers by providing increased flexibility and bandwidth opportunities.”

“With the rise of enterprise and consumer demand for cloud computing, HD video, and mobile applications, network operators are under significant pressure to deliver new services and increased capacity to support them,” said Jason Phipps, General Manager and Vice President North American Field Operations at Ciena. “In this partnership with LightRiver, we engaged in a consultative relationship with FirstLight to help monetize its network with a robust, flexible and programmable infrastructure that delivers a new set of services that are in demand in Upstate New York and Northern New England.”

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