Cisco has announced that Shenandoah Telecommunications Company, a leading regional U.S. telecommunications service provider, has updated its dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) fiber-optic network with Cisco's Coherent DWDM technology to support 100 Gigabit per second speeds to its subscribers throughout Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The Cisco ASR 9000 Series router will provide resilient high-speed IP services.
Shentel, the first service provider to deploy Cisco's 100G network solution within Virginia and West Virginia, will be able to offer multiple 10G or 100G wavelength services.
Since deploying its 100G network in July 2013, Shentel is able to deliver more bandwidth to meet business and residential customers' current and expected demands for voice, data, video and cloud services. The optimized network provides a variety of on-demand 100G services, including seamless 10G or 100G hand-off.
Shentel updated its existing Cisco network to 100G coherent DWDM, which offers plug-and-play-like functionality that can be configured to meet a customer's demand for bandwidth. This elastic core is optimized to provide multiple 100G support, as required, and supports customer demand for multiple 10G service on-demand. As Shentel continues to build or partner to expand its fiber network, the company's highly flexible and scalable new Multi-Degree Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (MD-ROADM) DWDM 100G network can be expanded further into its Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland markets quickly and without requiring new hardware.
Recognizing the continuing rapid growth of IP traffic on its network, Shentel has begun deploying the Cisco ASR 9000 platform. Since the first deployment in 2010, Shentel has been upgrading its Cisco7600 network to the ASR 9000. The Cisco ASR 9000 will serve as the foundation for next-generation Carrier Ethernet networks, providing up to 96 terabits (Tbps) per system, allowing Cisco to evolve its service provider architecture to deliver capabilities for the Next-Generation Internet, which must be more mobile, more visual, more virtual, and more simple to manage. This architecture will allow carriers to monetize new, profitable services; optimize network performance and efficiency; reduce operational costs and complexity and enhance customer experiences.