Springfield Boosts Connectivity with Carrier Ethernet

  • MRV Communications
CHATSWORTH, CA - The city of Springfield, Mass., has selected MRV Communications, a provider of packet and optical solutions, to create a new high-bandwidth telecommunication network throughout the city and surrounding region. Through the use of fiber rings running 10 Gbps wavelengths and intelligent, carrier-class Ethernet demarcation functionality with advanced traffic management, the city of Springfield is empowered to offer advanced services and applications that support city services, regional development and more connected communities.

“Our ability to offer an advanced Carrier Ethernet network provides a solid foundation for the development and progress of our city and region, and MRV made that transition easier,” said Andrew J. Doty, CIO for the City of Springfield. “We use the OptiSwitch line and Pro-Vision software to simplify the delivery and management of new services and traffic types, ensure the highest level of performance and SLA compliance, and the support MRV provided through the planning and implementation stages were an instrumental asset in the evolution of our next-generation network.”

Opportunities to Develop New Advanced Services
The City of Springfield is the largest city and entity in the southwest region of Massachusetts. In order to support the growth in next-generation Carrier Ethernet services, the city deployed multiple 10 Gbps fiber rings to create advanced services and connect a larger community of cities, campuses and businesses to their regional hub. This enabled the city to migrate from existing T1, 1.54 Mbps connections, which provided limited connectivity, to multiple 10 Gbps rings with almost unlimited capacity, using MRV’s packet and optical equipment to provide the basis for this migration. This change resulted in significant cost savings for the city and created opportunities to develop new advanced services. The city converted more than 1,600 analog and digital phones to VoIP phones with many more features for improved communications and cost savings over the existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Improved Regional Connectivity

It also enabled regional high-bandwidth connectivity to the recently completed Commonwealth of Massachusetts Data Center in Springfield, which is an active back-up to the Massachusetts Information Technology Center (MITC) in Chelsea. Surrounding cities and towns seeking improved regional connectivity and telecommunications cost reductions are also connecting to the city’s fully-owned fiber network using MRV equipment, and there is even discussion of extending the network to Albany, NY.

To minimize support requirement the city of Springfield also uses Pro-Vision software, MRV’s provisioning and service management platform. This gives the city and its partners the ability to orchestrate, monitor and troubleshoot the network from end-to-end and from multiple locations, and any organization connecting to the network can monitor their own connection performance. This improves visibility and minimizes the IT support requirements for the city and surrounding communities.

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