At the Maryland Broadband Annual Members Meeting today, Infinera and the Maryland Broadband Cooperative launched a statewide optical transport network built with Infinera’s regional DTN and metro ATN platforms.

The Maryland Broadband Cooperative is an open-access, middle-mile fiber provider, offering its members high-capacity synchronous optical network, Ethernet and Internet services. Spanning more than 1,300 miles, Maryland Broadband’s network will enable service providers to offer high speed broadband services to businesses, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, public safety offices and residents in rural Maryland.

"Maryland Broadband Cooperative was created to contribute to the quality of life of rural Maryland and spur economic development by providing cost effective high speed internet services to underserved regions," said Patrick Mitchell, president and CEO of Maryland Broadband, in a statement.

(For more, see Baltimore Chases Its Broadband Dreams).

The Infinera DTN platform, powered by photonic integrated circuits (PICs), is designed to scale up to 6.4 Tbps of transmission capacity per fiber. The Infinera ATN, a scalable WDM transport platform with multi-service aggregation, brings the intelligence of the Infinera Digital Optical Network to the metro edge. Infinera’s DTN platform, ATN platform and Infinera Managed Services are elements of the Infinera product portfolio that includes the recently announced DTN-X packet optical transport network platform.

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