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100G Headed for the Mid-Atlantic States

Schools, government agencies, health care organizations, and businesses all across the Mid-Atlantic may soon have an option for 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connectivity, thanks to the hard work by Lumos Networks on its fiber optic plant in that region.  Lumos Networks, if you aren’t familiar with the name — is the wireline side of nTelos which split off last year (the wireless part of the company kept the nTelos moniker).

Specifically, Lumos announced the completion of validation testing of our 100 Gbps coherent DWDM technology, running on Cisco’s ONS 15454 platform, “which proves that our network is ready to support extremely high speed services,” notes Lumos President Michael B. Moneymaker.   This successful validation comes on the heels of a successful demonstration, conducted by the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC), of Cisco’s coherent 100G dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution exceeding 3,000 km.

100G Cisco ONS 15454 MSTP Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP)That’s good, because demand for data services is surging, in the Mid-Atlantic region and everywhere. In its pioneering move, Lumos will be able to add an order of magnitude to its capacity, going from 10Gbps to 100 Gbps to its footprint (Virginia, West Virginia, and parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland.) What’s also important to note is that the company doesn’t have to replace their fiber plant or affect any existing services, merely to upgrade their optical transport equipment.

As capacities increase, it gets harder and harder to put it in context. So here’s some fun facts:

  • Our back-of-the-envelope calculations show that with 100 Gbps, all of the K-12 students in the entire state of West Virginia could simultaneously download an e-book, in less time than it takes to make a sandwich;
  • With 100 Gbps connectivity, millions of high-resolution medical records could be transmitted in minutes.

Obviously, we’re thrilled about this important milestone, and want to sincerely thank our friends at Lumos for this important achievement. Congrats! Keep going!

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