FiberLight has deployed packet networking solutions from Ciena to build reliable and robust mobile backhaul networks for two major U.S. wireless operators. The new mobile backhaul networks will help mobile operator customers replace strained legacy T1 and microwave connections by bringing fiber to more than 450 cell towers, as well as provide customers with 100 Mb/s connectivity at each tower, with the option to scale seamlessly to 1 Gb/s.
FiberLight is building a dedicated, fiber-optic backhaul network for a top-tier LTE wireless provider in West Texas, which will increase bandwidth at each tower to 100 Mb/s, with the option to scale up rapidly in the future. The solution is being built on 3,300 miles of new route fiber.
FiberLight will also use Ciena solutions to replace the T1 and microwave towers for another major top tier wireless operator, with a dedicated, fiber-optic backhaul network. Once it is completed, the deployment will provide Ethernet connectivity at a total of 200 cell towers in Texas, Washington, Maryland and Florida; and seamlessly connect towers with six major aggregation sites.
FiberLight is leveraging Ciena’s 5410 and 5150 service aggregation switches, as well as the 3930, 3931 and 3960 service delivery switches—with subtending G.8032 Ethernet rings to provide increased network scalability and protection of services for its two customers.