Northwest Colorado Council of Governments and Ciena to Build a Regional Fiber Network



  • Ciena
  • Graybar
  • Northwest Colorado Council of Goverments (NWCCOG)
DILLON, CO and HANOVER, MD — Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) has selected Ciena and its partners to build a regional fiber network known as Project THOR. Funded in part by grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and local government contributions, the network will connect approximately 400 miles of existing public and private fiber and has the potential to provide more than 230,000 residents access to more bandwidth at more competitive pricing. 


Key Facts: 

  • Serving the region for 38 years, NWCCOG represents 28 jurisdictions in a five-county region of northwest Colorado covering 7,000 square miles. It provides the critical mass needed to take advantage of state and local programs. 
  • Through Project THOR, NWCCOG is delivering abundant, reliable and lower cost broadband access to local internet service providers, participating state and local governments, schools, libraries, and healthcare and public safety facilities through 10 landing points dispersed throughout the region. 
  • The goals of Project THOR are to lower the costs of broadband access and improve the reliability of the network, which is currently prone to mass failures when a fiber line is cut. Roughly 85 percent of the needed fiber for the project is already in place, taking advantage of existing fiber networks such as those built by the Colorado Department of Transportation. 
  • NWCCOG is deploying Ciena’s Waveserver Ai and 5170 Service Aggregation Switch to rapidly and securely turn up Ethernet and other packet-based services, and adapt to changing service requirements in real-time. In addition, Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software will provide NWCCOG end-to-end lifecycle operations that unify network and service management across its Ciena infrastructure. 
  • This deployment was facilitated through Graybar, an Elite partner in the Ciena Partner Network. Mammoth Networks will operate the network.


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