US Signal and Cisco complete 100G trial

18 November 2011 |


US Signal, a provider of regional transport, data centre and Internet Protocol (IP) services, and Cisco have announced successful completion of a 100G coherent dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) trial based on the Cisco ONS 15454 Multiservice Transport Platform (MSTP) system.

The trial was performed over an in-service 10G engineered network between Chicago, Illinois and Kalamazoo, Michigan. US Signal claims that the results of the trial will allow it to deploy in-service, 100G coherent technology on fibre networks originally designed for 10G transmission, without any re-engineering. US Signal has 12,200 miles of fibre covering the cities of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Wisconsin.

“Working with Cisco allows us to seamlessly scale from 10G to 100G services with the flip of a switch,” said Dan Olrich CEO of US Signal. “The trial has shown us how easily we can enhance our network so our customers worry less about bandwidth, reliability and speed, and spend more time focusing on new services."

To address high bandwidth traffic growth the company is also leveraging the Cisco Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 9000, Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) to scale its IP backbone and service capability.