Com Net, a wholesale provider of operation support solutions to video, Internet and phone service providers in western Ohio, has selected the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platform and the Cyan CyMS multi-layer management system for its GigE Plus Availability Coalition (GigEPAC) high-capacity fiber network.

Com Net’s GigEPAC project was previously awarded $30 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding as part of the Broadband Stimulus Program. This award provides Com Net the resources to add nearly 700 miles of fiber to its high-capacity network in order to expand existing broadband services to rural and underserved communities in 28 western Ohio counties.

Through the GigEPAC project, Com Net will leverage Cyan’s packet-optical transport systems capabilities to connect up to as many 880 anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, medical/healthcare providers, public safety organizations, universities and community colleges. In addition, this network will connect to the region’s 33 last-mile service providers at middle-mile network speeds of up to 100 Gbps.

Com Net is a managing member of various shared networks, including Broadband Network Group, Independents Fiber Network and Tier 2 Communications. Fiber facilities under Com Net’s management in northwestern Ohio currently span over 600 miles and serve over 20 independent last mile providers, both wireless and wireline.

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