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Lightower deploys additional MRV OptiSwitch solutions for network expansion program
Announced Date: 10/19/2015 Published Date: 10/20/2015

MRV Communications, a supplier of optical networking equipment and services, announced that Lightower Fiber Networks has expanded its deployment of MRV's OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) service demarcation and first mile aggregation platform.

Lightower has deployed the additional MRV solution to support an increased number of fibre connections and bandwidth-rich services as it expands its service footprint. Lightower noted that it has been utilising the MRV solution for a number of years to enable the delivery of Carrier Ethernet services over its all-fibre network that is claimed to offer the highest fibre density and to connect more buildings than any metro fibre provider in the northeast region of the U.S.

The MRV OptiSwitch platform is designed to offer the efficiency, intelligence and reliability to enable Lightower to address the service requirements of it customer base of thousands of enterprises, including financial institutions, data centres and carriers in major U.S. cities.

Lightower specifically utilises the OptiSwitch platform at the customer premises for the delivery of scalable Carrier Ethernet and metro area transport services. When Lightower wished to expand its network throughout the northeast, mid-Atlantic and Chicago metro area, it selected the MRV solution based on features including its compact, high-density, low-power design and ability to support automated service provisioning and SLA verification.

MRV's OptiSwitch platform is also designed to help Lightower optimise its network infrastructure via support for multi-dimensional E-Line, E-Tree and E-Access services, as well as its flexible External Network to Network Interface (ENNI) with multiple virtual connections over physical interfaces. This functionality is intended to streamline connectivity to key regional and international landing points and facilitate interconnectivity.

Lightower provides customised solutions to customers in sectors including health care, financial services, media and content, cloud infrastructure, carriers, government, education and other large enterprises over a network that spans more than 30,000 route miles across the northeast, mid-Atlantic and Midwest region. The network connects over 15,000 service locations, including 250-plus data centres and over 5,000 wireless towers.

In August, Lightower announced the closing of its $1.9 billion merger with Fibertech Networks of Rochester, New York, a provider of fibre-based network services throughout mid-size cities in the eastern and central regions of the U.S.