Indiana Fiber Network to deploy Ciena 5430 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switching System

Telecom Lead America: Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) will
deploy Ciena’s 5430 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switching System (RSS) and
OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software to expand service capacity of its
backbone network.

IFN is owned by a consortium of 20 independent telephone

The enhanced OTN switched network will support the
aggregation, transport and management of voice, video and data services to its
business and service provider customers.

Moreover, it will provide differentiated service
offerings and simplified service creation capabilities through point-and-click
provisioning. This helps position IFN to strengthen its service velocity and
increase revenue potential.

Our recent upgrade is designed to create an intelligent,
automated network that can adapt to the diverse service requirements of our
customer base – including both member companies and businesses – and be
monitored, managed and reprogrammed remotely from our Network Operations
Center,” said Jerry Haver, Planning and Engineering Manager, IFN.

IFN’s 2,400 miles of fiber optic cable interconnects
eight metro ring networks and 23 points of presence serving more than 3,300
On/Near-Net locations. Its customers include enterprise businesses, government
entities, educational and healthcare institutions, as well as independent
telephone company members.

Ciena’s 5430 will serve as key aggregation switches,
offering regionalized OTN and Ethernet traffic to key points in IFN’s network
with speed and simplicity. The 5430 switches will provide IFN with the ability
to automate provisioning and management of its network, while mesh restoration
will improve network resiliency and service availability.

Ciena’s suite of intelligent infrastructure solutions,
which are suitable to network operators of all sizes, allow IFN to address any
service request from any customer with assurance, while reducing capital and
operational costs through our unique programmable ports and intelligent service
management,” said Jason Phipps, vice president, U.S. Markets, Ciena.

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