Petaluma, CA, Nov. 6, 2012 – Cyan today announced that Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) has selected its Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) system and Z-Series packet-optical transport platform for deployment throughout its southeastern US network. The PRTC decision typifies a growing trend by carriers to remove cost and unnecessary complexity while also demanding greater control over their mission critical services through the use of open software. Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN system delivers the independence and innovation for the future that providers like PRTC require.

PRTC provides a complete telecommunications solution to business and residential customers in addition to regional wireless backhaul services for Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, and other mobile operators. PRTC is now upgrading its network in order to better handle exploding traffic volumes and increasingly stringent service level agreements (SLAs).

“We were literally days away from making the decision to go with an MPLS-based solution from one of the big router vendors,” said Tony Stout, CTO for PRTC. “Fortunately, like many other wireless backhaul providers across the country, we discovered we could save money, improve performance, enhance reliability, and simplify our network by using Cyan’s packet-optical ‘router bypass’ solution. Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software is what really made the difference, it dramatically simplifies our operations and allows us to easily create and deploy new services.”

PRTC will employ Cyan’s Z22 and Z33 packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs) to connect wireless towers across its operating footprint. The Z22s will provide 1 Gbps of bandwidth to each tower in optical ring configurations, thereby expanding capacity and improving service resilience. PRTC will also deploy Cyan’s Blue Planet software, an open SDN system that allows it to quickly add new apps and services. The Blue Planet software works not only with Cyan equipment but also with solutions from over 20 other suppliers.

According to Cyan vice president of sales Jeff Parow, “We view PRTC as extremely strategic and the type of provider we like to team with. PRTC prides itself on being an adopter of leading edge, carrier class technologies in order to better serve its customers and create differentiated service offerings. By deploying our Blue Planet and Z-Series solution, PRTC continues that tradition.”

PRTC will also take advantage of CyNOC, a CyanPRO service offering that supplies complete network operations center (NOC) outsourcing. CyNOC allows PRTC to deploy Cyan Z-Series and Blue Planet solutions much more quickly, and consequently realize the benefits much sooner, than would be the case if it had to bring its own operations staff up to speed prior to network deployment.

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