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NoaNet Selects ADVA FSP 3000 to Extend High-Speed Services Throughout Washington


NoaNet Relies on ADVA Optical Networking as It Expands to Underserved Areas of State and Transitions to 100Gbit/s

ADVA Optical Networking today announced that Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) has selected the ADVA FSP 3000 to enable the extension of high-speed broadband service to nearly every underserved area of Washington state. The ADVA Optical Networking solution affords NoaNet the long-term, cost-effective scalability to accommodate more users and continue a transition from 10Gbit/s to 40Gbit/s and, eventually, 100Gbit/s services.

“We’ve had a long-standing, true and tight partnership with ADVA Optical Networking,” said Mike Henson, chief security officer (CSO) with NoaNet. “We have trialed many other systems, but ADVA Optical Networking offers unmatched value and range of services. We like the cost, flexibility and ease-of-use of the FSP 3000. Additionally, ADVA Optical Networking’s engineering services and technical support have been instrumental to NoaNet’s ability to expedite reliable, advanced services across Washington state.”

NoaNet, a non-profit mutual corporation, was formed in 2000 to deliver advanced and high-capacity services to Washington’s underserved areas. A wide range of wholesale communications providers leverage NoaNet’s infrastructure for long-haul transport and last-mile access to serve major enterprises and government in the rural Northwest.

NoaNet first deployed ADVA Optical Networking’s platform in 2005 and will again rely on the FSP 3000 as it undertakes a network expansion funded in part by an $134-million Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) federal stimulus grant. ADVA Optical Networking’s multi-degree reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) affords NoaNet the flexibility to dynamically bring customers onto the network, which is planned to extend to more than 3,000 miles over the next three years. The FSP 3000 will help NoaNet deliver reliable, high-speed Internet access to schools, libraries, emergency responders, hospitals, government agencies, businesses and individuals in virtually every inhabited location of Washington.

“NoaNet understands the impact technology can have on communities,” said John Scherzinger, senior director of sales North America at ADVA Optical Networking. “We’ve worked with NoaNet for many years, building a network that’s actually changing the lives of people in Washington. For example, this network is connecting schools and colleges, radically altering the tools for online collaboration and learning. It’s also connecting hospitals enabling remote diagnosis and telemedicine applications. What’s more, this is only the start. The ADVA FSP 3000 offers NoaNet a scalable solution that grows at the pace of its users. Bandwidth when you need it, where you need it.”


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