UFD taps Ekinops for optical wavelength services

Created February 5, 2020
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United Fiber & Data (UFD), a privately owned telecommunications services provider, has announced its new optical wavelength service offerings. The enhancements are a direct response to rising customer demand for scalable, cost-effective and high-bandwidth network solutions. UFD chose to deploy the EKINOPS 600G FlexRate™ solution to provide customers access to connectivity options ranging from 10G to 100G optical wavelength delivered over UFD’s New York/New Jersey metro network and 100G over its diversely built long-haul fibre backbone that links the Greater New York City metro area to Northern Virginia, with future capabilities of up to 600G wavelengths.

As a wholly owned and operated fibre optic network provider serving the northeastern United States, UFD’s aim to provide high-capacity Front-Haul and Back-Haul bandwidth. The company says it considered various evolving optical technology solutions such as those offered by Ekinops, which provides open and fully interoperable layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions, to deliver high bit rate capabilities with strong economic efficiency.

Unlike many existing fibre network routes in the U.S. Northeast region, UFD’s route bypasses the congestion and single points of failure associated with the I-95 corridor, providing full physical diversity from other carrier routes. UFD’s new fibre route and wavelength solutions offer critical diverse paths along the highly trafficked Northeast corridor.

 UFD’s long-haul fibre backbone that links the Greater New York City metro area to Northern Virginia

Source: UFD

“Ekinops is pleased to be working with UFD to help them not just transition their network, but also expand their business model,” said Kevin Antill, Ekinops’ group vice president of sales for North America. “Offering lit services in a competitive market requires the ability to add capacity efficiently and cost effectively, and that’s what the total solution of the EKINOPS 600G FlexRate hardware and Celestis NMS software provides.”

“We were seeking a scalable solution that could be easily deployed to provide flexibility and enhanced capacity, control costs and promote sustained service availability. The equipment is installed and currently being tested, and we will be operational and in service by the end of the first quarter 2020,” said Christopher Lodge, chief operating officer for UFD. “With the capability to access and deploy up to 600G wavelengths in the near future, we can help our customers effectively meet their growing business development and communications needs.”

“UFD’s new wavelength service enhancements build upon the reliability and scalability of our diverse fibre network infrastructure, which gives our customers greater flexibility to manage their growing network capacity demands over time,” said Felipe J. Alvarez, chief executive officer of UFD. “Our new wavelength offerings will accommodate the high-capacity needs driven by high-performance data centre connectivity, cloud computing and financial customers along our diverse route connecting New York City with Ashburn, Virginia. These enhancements are examples of the continued investment we are making in our long-haul and metro fibre networks in order to provide the high-capacity bandwidth our customers need.”

In November 2018, UFD purchased a former prison in Ashburn, Virginia and converted it into a datacentre for the company’s 400-mile fibre network route which it was constructing at the time.

For more information, visit www.ufd.com

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.