July 06, 2011 08:00 ET

Com Net Selects Cyan for GigEPAC Project to Build Out High-Speed Network in Western Ohio

Cyan's Revolutionary Packet-Optical Transport Solutions Will Provide Com Net With Flexible Scalability for Years to Come

PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 6, 2011) - Cyan today announced that Com Net, a wholesale provider of operation support solutions to Video, Internet and Phone (VIP) service providers in western Ohio, has selected its Cyan Z-Series™ of packet-optical transport platforms and its Cyan CyMS™ multi-layer management system for its GigE Plus Availability Coalition (GigEPAC) high-capacity fiber network. Com Net's GigEPAC project was previously awarded $30 million in Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) funding as part of the Broadband Stimulus Program. This award provides Com Net the resources to add nearly 700 miles of fiber to its high-capacity network in order to expand existing broadband services to rural and underserved communities in 28 western Ohio counties.

Through the GigEPAC project, Com Net will leverage Cyan's revolutionary packet-optical transport systems capabilities to connect up to as many 880 anchor institutions such as schools, libraries, medical/healthcare providers, public safety organizations, universities and community colleges. In addition, this network will connect to the region's 33 last-mile service providers at middle-mile network speeds of up to 100 Gbps, thus increasing service choices and competition for the benefit of the entire region.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Com Net and its GigEPAC project to enable the delivery of high-speed broadband services to the western Ohio community," said Eric Clelland, vice president of North American sales, Cyan. "Like the others that have received broadband stimulus awards, Com Net is making decisions based on what its communities need to bridge the broadband divide. With the explosion in bandwidth growth, Cyan provides flexible scalability for packet-based services for years to come."

"The disparity in broadband connectivity between rural and urban areas of western Ohio up until now meant that our communities' anchor institutions could not obtain broadband services. Comprehensive broadband services for the state are vital to enhancing education, retraining our displaced workforce and preparing our future workforce to drive Ohio's economic development," said Randy Plaisier, CTO, Com Net, Inc. "We selected Cyan because the company's solutions offered the greatest combination of service flexibility, scalability and operational simplicity, which enables us to improve operational efficiency with an Ethernet-centric, multi-layer network. This combination enables us to meet our objectives to better service the western Ohio community and to ultimately bridge the broadband divide."

Com Net's GigEPAC project will benefit a wide array of users throughout western Ohio:

  • It will spur affordable broadband access for local consumers and businesses, including 737,000 households and 165,000 businesses.
  • Local Internet service providers will be able to connect up to 880 community anchor institutions to the project's open network.
  • The project will enable 322 public safety agencies to upgrade their radio towers and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) from T-1 to Ethernet, so they can deploy next-generation devices and enhanced 911 capabilities.
  • GigEPAC will encourage investment in the economically distressed counties it will serve, 20 of which have unemployment rates higher than the state average.

Com Net will deploy Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical optical transport platforms to scale capacity and increase operational efficiency throughout their network. This includes the Cyan Z33 platform for high-performance applications at the access edge and the Cyan Z77 platform for high-capacity aggregation, metro/inter-office and hub deployments. Com Net will also utilize Cyan's CyMS multi-layer management system to accelerate their introduction of new services and lower costs.

About Com Net
Com Net, Inc. has 18 years of experience working with independent rural telecom operators in the region to provide broadband, advanced voice, video and data services. Com Net is a managing member of various shared networks, including Broadband Network Group, Independents Fiber Network and Tier 2 Communications. Fiber facilities under Com Net's management in northwestern Ohio currently span over 600 miles and serve over 20 independent last mile providers, both wireless and wireline. Com Net is a member of the Independent Alliances Telecom Group (INDATELgroup™), an organization composed of Network Operators covering over 20 states that are owned by Independent Telephone Companies from their home states. Com Net is a partner in the Ohio Middle Mile Consortium (OMMC), which includes fellow BTOP recipient, OneCommunity in northeastern Ohio; fellow BTOP recipient, Horizon Telcom serving Southeast Ohio; Ohio's Office of Information Technology, Department of Administrative Services; and OARnet, the State's Academic and Research network. The OMMC partners have come together to integrate their service platform across 82 Ohio counties. For more information, please visit or call 419-739-3100.

About Cyan
Cyan is an industry-leading, global provider of Service Level Aware Network Solutions, including packet-optical transport systems and industry-leading software and SaaS solutions. Today, Cyan has a wide range of deployments across North America and Europe. Cyan customers range from multi-million line local access service providers, to regional transport, business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, data center and cable MSO 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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