Responding to regional growth in data traffic volumes and the knock-on increase in capacity requirements of its carrier customers, Columbus Networks is upgrading its network with a 40 Gbps solution from Nokia Siemens Networks. The upgrade is intended to add capacity to Columbus Networks’ Florida Transport Network, which serves as a main U.S. backbone connecting international undersea cables ARCOS-1 and CFX. Columbus Networks already provides over 200 Gbps of capacity and IP services and seeks to use the latest technology to meet its customer needs for the foreseeable future.

Nokia Siemens will provide a turnkey solution whose cornerstone is the latest version of the hiT 7300 DWDM platform, which is designed for regional to long-haul transport applications and supports ROADM technology. The ROADM support for multi-degree Photonic-Cross-Connects (PXC) supporting 80 channels is intended to enable Columbus Networks to best route data traffic on the optical layer remotely so the company can quickly and flexibly manage varying data traffic demands.

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