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Pangaea Upgrading NYC Optical Network with Transmode Packet-Optical Solution

December 02, 2014

Pangaea Networks, the leading provider of Metro Ethernet Local Loop connectivity in New York City and the surrounding area, recently announced it is upgrading its optical network using the TM-series packet-optical solution from Transmode, a leading global supplier of packet-optical networking solutions. The upgrade will add support for the next generation of MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) services.

The new network will allow Pangaea to provide high-capacity access for its customers, including differentiated services for business Ethernet, mobile backhaul, wholesale and LAN access. A large mesh network with nodes across New York City and the tri-state area will support multiple overlaid protected rings and enable flexible any-to-any connectivity. As a result, Pangaea will be able to offer a broad range of unrestricted services with support for both Layer 1 and Layer 2 packet-optical applications.

“After a thorough technical evaluation of 12 different global providers of packet-optical networking solutions, we selected Transmode,” said Matthew O'Leary, Vice President of Engineering & Operations at Pangaea Networks. “There were a number of factors that led to Pangaea's selection of the Transmode TM-Series to support the next leg up in our network expansion. Key among them is our ability to now deploy the bandwidth equivalent of 40 wavelengths of capacity right out of the gate, to support increasing customer demand for our PANMetro Ethernet Ring Service.”

The company will now be able to scale at a lower cost without sacrificing a fully redundant network, by scaling capacity to 80 wavelengths through multiplexing without regeneration equipment. Customers will benefit from access to 10Gig, STM-64 and OC192 services.

“There were no other suppliers that could provide the type of modular platform that the Transmode TM-Series provides, while also maintaining strict adherence to Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) standards for Quality of Service,” O'Leary continued.

Pangaea is building a CE2.0 network with a combination of the three powerful standardized features defined by the MEF – Multi-CoS, Interconnect and Manageability – to ensure maximum performance, flexibility and scalability. The network, consisting of ROADMs added to Transmode’s family of EMXP packet-optical transport switches, supports services up to 10G with the capacity for an upgrade to 100G backhaul and 100G services when necessary.

“We are delighted to be announcing another new customer in North America,” said Björn Andersson, Vice President of Transmode for the Americas. “It is a further example of our technology meeting the requirements of a broad range of network operators in the region. This project also shows that the demand for Business Ethernet continues to grow and that our solutions are a cost effective way of enabling our customers to build high capacity networks to meet this demand.”

The upgrade is currently in progress, with services being migrated to the new network without any interruption in service performance, and is expected to be completed in early 2015.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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