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Integras Electric Lightwave Unleashes Managed Fiber Offer

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Electric Lightwave, one of two new business units created by Integra earlier this year, is rolling out a new managed service that the company says gives businesses the benefit of owned fiber without the overhead or initial investment.

Electric Lightwave is integrating Spectrum technology with its metro and long-haul fiber routes in an effort to allow data-center, content-provider and enterprise customers in the western U.S. to scale network capacity, in increments of 100G, without having to manage the infrastructure themselves. It’s like their own virtual private network, the company says.

Customers get the flexibility to decide how quickly their network is upgraded based on their unique needs, saving money when compared to dark fiber or traditional wavelength offerings.

Spectrum technology is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and WaveLogic coherent optics. Electric Lightwave says that will be more than adequate to serve the biggest customers in enterprise markets, as well as the company’s government, education and wholesale carrier customers.

“In today’s always-on digital economy, many businesses rely on the network to conduct transactions 24/7; without it, business can come to a standstill. With the Spectrum offer, we’re able to provide a customizable network solution that meets the criteria of high speeds and durability along with the low latency that our diverse set of customers expect,” said Dan Stoll, President of Electric Lightwave. “Leveraging Ciena’s packet-optical technology and expertise in managing and deploying powerful terabit-level networks across the globe means our customers can focus on their core business while we take care of their network growth needs.”

While Electric Lightwave targets very large customers, Integra’s second unit, Integra Business, covers the midmarket. The company said in January that the division was an important move to help it deal with growth.

Both Integra Business and Electric Lightwave are maintaining their own sales and customer-support organizations, tailored for their specific customer segments. Customers of each have access to the company’s complete portfolio of products and services, as well as Integra’s long-haul and metro fiber assets throughout the western U.S.

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