December 19, 2011 08:00 ET

LYNX Chooses Cyan for Michigan Statewide Fiber Network

Project Will Bring High-Speed, Low Latency Business Class Ethernet and Other Services to Michigan

KALAMAZOO, MI and PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 19, 2011) - Cyan today announced that Lynx Network Group (LYNX), a Michigan-based telecommunications service provider, will use Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs), Cyan 360 software and software-as-a-service (SaaS) suite, and Cyan PRO professional services to build a high-capacity statewide fiber network in Michigan. The network will be used by LYNX to deliver innovative, high speed Ethernet services to businesses, government facilities, cellular towers, and even to other carriers throughout Michigan but especially in the heretofore underserved northern Michigan markets.

According to Christopher J. Barber, co-owner at LYNX, "This state-of-the art network is capable of delivering the types of demanding services increasingly called for by business and wholesale customers, especially wireless operators. In addition to extremely high capacity Ethernet services, we're able to satisfy the low latency requirements that are essential for competitive LTE backhaul offerings. These capabilities will allow us to deliver services to rural areas previously available only in more densely populated urban markets."

LYNX will employ the Cyan Z-Series P-OTPs to deliver native Ethernet services at speeds up to 10 Gbps to office parks and other business locations. LYNX will also offer wholesale wavelength and layer-two services to service providers and wireless operators. Using CyPlan LYNX will be able to design networks and services with deterministic latency characteristics. Additionally, CyPortal will allow LYNX and its customers to examine individual service connections in real time in order to ensure capacity and latency requirements are being satisfied. Both CyPlan and CyPortal are components of Cyan 360.

A major consideration for LYNX is the ability of CyMS, Cyan's multi-layer management system, to manage third-party devices. In this case CyMS will manage Ethernet NIDs supplied by Accedian, greatly improving overall operational efficiencies.

LYNX will also take advantage of CyNOC, a 24x7 network operations service offered by Cyan that leverages efficiencies inherent in Cyan 360 tools in order to cost effectively deliver reliable and trouble-free network operations. CyNOC is an element of the Cyan PRO suite of professional services.

"What is most compelling about this project is that it includes all of the pieces necessary to turn up next-gen Ethernet services," said Cyan vice president of sales Eric Clelland. "By next-gen we mean Ethernet services that are more than simple layer two connections but instead are tightly engineered, service-level-aware, and customer-monitored network connections."

About Lynx Network Group
Lynx Network Group a premier wholesale and retail provider of telecommunication services in the Midwest. Lynx utilizes direct sales and agent channels to sell the newest, always changing technologies in voice and data services. Today, LYNX operates as a key provider of wholesale intrastate data services to major wireless and wireline (fiber based) carriers. In 2007, LYNX launched its TEM (Telecom Expense Management) services division which extends its capability to market services to wholesale, commercial and government entities on a local or global scale. For additional information, please visit

About Cyan
Cyan is an industry-leading, global innovator of multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, software and SaaS solutions, and professional services that fundamentally transform networks into Service Level Aware Networks. Cyan has a wide range of deployments across the world. 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. For additional information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

Contact Information

  • For Lynx Network Group inquiries, please contact:
    Chris Barber
    +1 269.585.1003
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    For Cyan inquiries, please contact:
    Frank Wiener
    +1 707.280.6280
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    Twitter: @CyanNews

    Engage PR for Cyan
    Jeannette Bitz
    +1 510.748.8200 ext. 207
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