First Communications has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks’ software and infrastructure to manage and extend its long-haul dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) network as capacity demand grows. The carrier has rolled out optical bandwidth services between Newark, N.J., and Buffalo, N.Y., and expects to use the DWDM-specific NSN platform in other markets as it continues to expand its optical transport network. Plans are underway to add high capacity routes to Ashburn, Va., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.
“Service delivery intervals can be just as important as reliability and round trip latency to some of our enterprise customers, particularly financial companies and trading exchanges," said Rick Poore, president of First Communications’ First Telecom Services division. “This is also a critical service provider requirement from a network management perspective. With Nokia Siemens Networks’ optical platform, we are guaranteed for best-in-class services with the flexibility to quickly provision and add new routes to support our customers’ growing demand for bandwidth."
Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will provide its hiT 7300 ultra-long haul DWDM platform to expand First Communications’ existing wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) network to provide 1G to 40G services. The platform is easily upgradeable to 100G as First Communications plans for higher network speeds in the future.
As part of the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks will also supply its all-in-one network management system to optimize the operator’s network operations through centralized control and supervision. The TransNet network planning tool will allow the operator to plan and simulate its entire optical transport network to optimize the rollout. Services such as network implementation and care are also part of the deal.
“Our optical platform is easy to plan, design, commission and operate, while offering the lowest total cost of ownership and maximum reach," said Pathmal Gunawardana, head of optical sales in North America for NSN.