Corning Incorporated has been selected as the optical cable supplier for the Miami-to-Atlanta segment of Allied Fiber’s network-neutral system build. The 754-mile Miami-to-Atlanta route is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
The network-neutral system is intended to provide an abundant supply of next-generation fiber available for lease, as legacy backhaul network infrastructures can no longer support the exponential growth occurring in the industry. The end users for these physical-layer services include submarine cable systems, large wireline and wireless carriers and network operators, private enterprises, cooperatives, cable television companies, and data center operators.
Corning will supply its best-in-class 528-fiber SST-UltraRibbon Cable containing Corning SMF-28e+ and Corning LEAF optical fibers. Corning’s SMF-28e+ optical fiber is an industry leader in comprehensive single-mode fiber performance for metro and access networks. Optimized for long-haul and metro networks, Corning LEAF optical fiber is a technically advanced product that provides high capacity, broad system flexibility, and proven performance.
In addition to an innovative portfolio of cable and hardware solutions, Corning was the chosen manufacturer based on many value-added components such as design support, deployment expertise, outside plant cost-modeling tools, and formalized training classes.
“We congratulate Allied Fiber on the launch of its unique nationwide network, which is expected to drive economic growth for the communities impacted,” said Kim Hartwell, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Corning Cable Systems. “Corning plans to deliver high-quality product solutions and service in order to further the success of this endeavor.”
“Allied Fiber worked closely with Corning to develop a custom-designed 528-fiber ribbon cable optimized for the unique network design we are deploying throughout the United States,” said Jason Cohen, president and chief operating officer, Allied Fiber. “Corning’s telecommunications solutions have been requested by many of our customers and are capable of supporting the newest generation of high-performance opto-electronics equipment.”
Planned future phases of the Allied Fiber network will encircle the US, with more than 11,500 route miles.