The Infinera DTN Digital Optical Networking system has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program as acceptable for deployment by telecom companies using USDA Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funding to build networks.
The USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Under that umbrella, the Rural Development Telecommunications program provides loans and grants to support the extension of broadband networks into rural areas and to support distance learning and telemedicine initiatives. Last month, President Obama’s new Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced that utilities in 13 states will receive $18.1 million in loans and grants under the Rural Development program.
The Infinera DTN is a digital ROADM for long-haul and metro core networks, combining DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.