US Signal is advancing to Next-Generation Network

This will allow speedier virtual Carrier Ethernet

By Neil Zawacki
Updated: July 11, 2011

On July 8, 2011, US Signal announced that it will be upgrading its fiber optic network to support faster virtual Carrier Ethernet Services and allow a greater number of users to adopt its Managed Data Center service.

The US Signal fiber optic network (also known as its Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network) currently has more than 12,000 fiber route miles of metro rings in a variety of strategic markets. It uses advanced Cisco Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing to combine multiple optical carrier signals onto one optical fiber. The new version of the fiber optic network will support virtual Ethernet Services that are as fast as 100 Gbps.

US Signal will also deploy Cisco® ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Service Routers to improve capacity, achieve greater resiliency, and obtain a higher level of IPv6 support. The service routers are able to achieve intelligent routing and improved network operations through the modular Cisco IOS® XR software operating system.

The upgraded architecture will also provide widespread availability of the US Signal Managed Data Center Service. This service allows customers to utilize dedicated resource pools to quickly provision and host Virtual Private Servers. US Signal will also be one of the first service providers in the Midwest to offer this cloud-based functionality to users.

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