January 18, 2011 08:00 ET

Clearwave Selects a Cyan and Juniper Networks Solution to Build a Southern Illinois Data Center and Broadband Stimulus Network Spanning 23 Counties

Best-in-Class Packet-Optical Transport and Routing Solutions Combine to Provide Clearwave With the Ultimate Next-Generation Network to Serve Regional Institutions, Enterprises, Consumers and Wholesale Customers

HARRISBURG, IL--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - Delta Communications, LLC, doing business as Clearwave Communications, today announced the selection of Cyan and Juniper Networks as their strategic suppliers of transport and routing solutions respectively. Clearwave was previously awarded $31,515,253 in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding as part of the Broadband Stimulus Program, plus $11,351,250 in matching State of Illinois funding as part of the Illinois Broadband Opportunities Program (IBOP). These key federal and state programs, combined with additional private and public funding, have enabled Clearwave to begin build-out of a regional data center and 740 route miles of fiber network, spanning from St. Louis on the Missouri border to Mount Carmel on the Indiana border, and south to Cairo and Metropolis on the Kentucky border. By leveraging the revolutionary packet-optical transport systems capabilities from Cyan with the superior routing capabilities from Juniper, Clearwave will initially connect up to 232 anchor institutions (schools, libraries, medical/healthcare providers, public safety organizations, universities and community colleges), enterprises and consumers with advanced voice and data services and 33 points of interconnection. In addition, this network will provide affordable wholesale services to other service providers, increasing service choices and competition for the benefit of the entire region. 

"We view this as an extraordinary opportunity to build a world-class network, serving a broad and diverse customer base," said Scott Riggs, president of Clearwave Communications. "Naturally, we want to deploy the best technology to give Clearwave a foundation for superior services and economics. After extensive research, our team concluded that Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical transport systems and Juniper Networks'® MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers offered the greatest combination of service flexibility, scalability, operational simplicity and lowest total-cost of ownership to meet our initial and long-term business objectives."

"We are pleased to be partnering with Clearwave," said Eric Clelland, vice president of North American Sales, Cyan. "Cyan is emerging as a clear BTOP solution of choice. Like many other Broadband Stimulus awardees, Clearwave is making decisions based on near-term, as well as long-term, requirements. With the explosive bandwidth growth, Cyan provides the flexible scalability for packet-based services for years to come."

"Clearwave is leveraging the broadband stimulus and other programs to deploy a state-of-the-art network that combines next-generation networking technologies to connect more communities to the information and services they need to thrive in the next decade," said Mike Marcellin, vice president of product marketing and strategy, Juniper Networks. "The scalability and advanced service features of Juniper's MX Series bring the long-term reliability and investment protection necessary for Clearwave to meet the evolving needs of its regional subscribers."

Fiber Rich Footprint with Service Rich Capabilities
Clearwave has a long history of providing voice and data services as a CLEC serving southern Illinois. The expanded network build-out will enable Clearwave to deploy a regional data center and approximately 740 miles of 96-count fiber throughout the region. This fiber-rich network, combined with Cyan's Ethernet, SONET, OTN and DWDM/ROADM capabilities, Juniper's Internet Protocol (IP) service capabilities and Clearwave's existing voice and data resources, will enable a wide range of consumer and enterprise services, as well as dark fiber, wavelength and transparent wholesale transport services throughout the region.

The network build-out will begin early this year and is projected to be substantially completed by 2012. Clearwave is ready to begin service discussions with end-user and wholesale customers to secure services agreements immediately. 

About Clearwave Communications
In business since 1996, Clearwave Communications has become a new-generation communications company offering a complete package of telecommunications services for wholesale, business, and residential users, including a full-suite of voice solutions, high-speed data and Internet access and Internet services -- all from one source, on one easy-to-understand bill, with just one number to call for all your needs. Clearwave Communications is a facilities-based service provider that owns and manages its own network equipment, which means more responsive and reliable service. In addition to Clearwave's full line of voice and data services, Clearwave offers a number of other retail products and services as well as wholesale products and services that help people communicate or improve their quality of life.

About Cyan
Cyan is an industry-leading, global provider of packet-optical transport solutions with advanced multi-layer network planning and management systems. Today, Cyan has network deployments across North America, and Europe. Customers range from multi-million line local access service providers, to regional transport, business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, data center, cable MSO service providers, and broadband stimulus funded network service providers. Cyan enables service providers to scale, extend and simplify conventional and packet-based networks for more profitable service offerings. Cyan is a Petaluma, California-based team of industry veterans with a track record of successful innovation in communications networks around the world. For additional information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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