Press Release

August 3, 2021 – Community-owned network provider Bluewater Regional Networks, Inc. (BRN) is deploying a high-capacity, flexible network with Ciena’s Waveserver Ai compact interconnect platform for a new cross-border network between Canada and the US.

The new path runs from Sarnia in Southwestern Ontario in Canada to Port Hurron, Michigan, making it more direct and competitively priced compared to existing paths, as it traverses shorter distances and avoids Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, and Buffalo. The new Sarnia-Port Huron route is not only a low-latency and cost-efficient alternative to interconnect business across the border, but it’s also a potential diverse path that can add substantial resiliency to existing cross-border networks.

Recognizing that its Sarnia-Port Huron network had to be carrier grade and built to meet the needs of the community over the long run, BRN turned to Ciena’s Waveserver Ai, which uses WaveLogic Ai and WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent technology to support per-wavelength capacities up to 800 Gbps.

By deploying a high-capacity, flexible, and easy-to-operate network, BRN is able to meet regional connectivity requirements by providing its business customers with speeds spanning from 10GbE to 400GbE. What’s more, BRN was able to get the network up and running quickly thanks to the intuitive installation process and zero-touch service provisioning capabilities of the Ciena solution.

Formed in 2016, BRN is an affiliate of the Bluewater Power Group of companies established to help solve digital divide issues. Commenting on the new deployment, BRN’s COO Chris Gould said: “To stay competitive in a digital economy, companies large and small need to have fast, reliable connectivity. With the new route, we can address underserved needs in Ontario and Michigan with network solutions that provide redundant and diverse connectivity.”

“Connected communities create economic opportunity and improve citizens’ quality of life by attracting businesses, creating jobs, increasing property values, and more. High-speed fiber access is central to these efforts.

“Ciena’s Waveserver checked all the boxes,” Gould added. “Right out of the gate we’re able to offer the same technical capabilities and quality of experience to our wholesale and commercial partners as the big transport guys.”

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