Midwestern fiber operator US Signal is taking the 100G plunge. Leveraging Cisco's 100G coherent solution, they have completed a successful trial on a link between Chicago and Kalamazoo, Michigan on existing 10G infrastructure with no re-engineering. The successful trial has emboldened US Signal to enable the technology across its entire 12,200 mile network spanning Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin. That will let them offer some serious regional bandwidth I'd say.
That US Signal picked Cisco gear is no surprise, they have long been a Cisco shop, both for their network and for the new IaaS offering they unveiled last spring. For Cisco though, this is apparently their one of their first forays into the 100G coherent DWDM market, as they move to catch up with the likes of Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent, Infinera, and others.
US Signal has also been quietly expanding their intercity network steadily over the past few years, building connections through Ohio and out to St.Louis. I say quietly because they haven't shown up on my radar with any of the M&A that has swept the fiber sector over the past two years. Yet anyway.
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