Frontier Communications said this week that it will deploy the Infinera ATN wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) transport platform in a metro network in eastern Pennsylvania. The project will span 640 fiber route miles, connecting customers in 14 counties.

According to an announcement issued yesterday, Frontier already uses Infinera’s DTN platform for its backbone network.

“We are very pleased with the simplicity and efficiency of Infinera’s DTN and ATN solutions,” said Michael Golob, senior vice president of engineering & technology for Frontier, in the announcement.

According to Golob, the Infinera was turned up across all 14 locations in just three days. Apparently the carrier previously used lines leased from other carriers for its metro network, and by replacing them with the Infinera platform, Golob said the company has reduced “certain off-net lease costs” by as much as 75%.

Infinera has been making significant gains in smaller markets, fueled in no small part by multiple broadband stimulus wins. Organizations using Infinera for broadband stimulus projects include the Development Authority of the North Country in Upstate New York, North Georgia Cooperative, SDN Communications in South Dakota, Internet 2, and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative.

Infinera equipment also has been chosen for some middle-mile projects that apparently were funded through means other than the stimulus program, including projects undertaken by the Maryland Broadband Cooperative and the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.

Frontier intends to use the transport network to support voice, business and wholesale bandwidth services to consumers and businesses and wholesale mobile backhaul for Tier 1 mobile operators.


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