GVTC Turns to LightRiver and Ciena for High-Speed Fiber Network

  • Ciena
  • GVTC
  • LightRiver Technologies
CONCORD, CA — GVTC Communications, a full-service telecommunications provider located north of San Antonio, Texas, with more than 2,200 miles of fiber optic cable, has selected LightRiver Technologies, a provider of Factory Built Network design and commissioning, to perform a significant network upgrade and expansion.

Utilizing its Factory Built Network approach, supported by the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform from Ciena, LightRiver has provided a full turnkey solution from consultative engineering and architectural design support to manufacture certified installation of the network. This enables GVTC to leverage best-in-class, feature-rich packet and optical technologies with multilayer end-to-end network management and planning for maximum scale and operational efficiencies.

This project has also helped further the goals of the GVTC GigaRegion, in which the company has partnered with the Texas cities of Boerne, Bulverde and Gonzales to deliver gigabit Internet service to the region, supporting economic development and higher quality of life for local residents and businesses.

Customizable Packet Service Delivery
Ciena’s programmable 6500 Packet-Optical Platform offers integrated packet-optical capabilities for customizable packet service delivery from the edge to the core. Coupled with LightRiver’s Factory Built Network offering, this allowed for the construction and deployment of a high-performing, reliable transport network with speed and cost-efficiency.

With the network upgrade, GVTC now has the ability to build unique low-latency rings between San Antonio and Austin, giving the company the ability to meet the strict requirements of content providers and wireless carriers. This platform will support GVTC’s continued aggressive expansion in offering carrier-class Ethernet access and protected transport throughout the San Antonio, Austin, and Central Texas regional markets.

“Our expanding footprint is incredibly unique and the first-class engineering services from LightRiver, paired with equipment from Ciena, are ushering in an exciting time at GVTC,” states Josh Pettiette, GVTC Vice President, Product, Business Development, and Strategic Planning. “We built a dynamic network to deliver carrier-class Ethernet solutions, with capacities exceeding 100 Gbps. These services deliver the protection and low-latency our customers demand in order to support synchronous data replication and other latency-sensitive applications. GVTC will now be able to easily facilitate network-to-network interfaces and deliver a highly resilient and dependable network connecting rural and metro markets.”

LightRiver’s Certified Integration Services offered technical support during the planning, implementation and deployment of Ciena’s equipment into GVTC’s network. The company’s technical staff provided network design review, site surveys and recommendations for site readiness, along with detailed engineering and comprehensive methods of procedure for installation, and test and integration.

“At LightRiver, we take great pride in providing the design, deployment and care of complex, best-of-breed transport networks,” says Mike Jonas, President of Global Sales and Marketing for LightRiver. “We specifically tailored this solution for GVTC, in concert with Ciena, and built and deployed the highest-performing, most reliable transport network quickly and cost-efficiently. GVTC is now able to handle next-gen traffic through its carrier-grade network, managing increased bandwidth loads and providing services to customers that are not found anywhere else in the area.”

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