December 03, 2012 08:00 ET

Metro Communications Opts for Cyan SDN Solution

Network Expansion to Provide Wireless Backhaul and Business Ethernet Services

PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 3, 2012) - Cyan today announced that Illinois-based Metro Communications Company has chosen Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) system and Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms to expand its core network infrastructure. Metro Communications will also keep costs down and accelerate service availability by utilizing Cyan PRO network operations center (NOC) outsourcing. In its entirety, the new network will cover over 700 fiber route miles in Central Illinois and deliver cost effective, high performance wavelength and Ethernet services to mobile operators as well as businesses and government offices throughout its operating area.

According to Zak Horn, President with Metro Communications, "This important network expansion helps us grow beyond our voice termination roots and deliver higher value, transport and IP services to our customers. We are delivering wireless backhaul solutions, as well as Ethernet and SONET services to a number of underserved areas in Central Illinois. Cyan makes the expansion easy -- providing the software, equipment, and services needed to make this a seamless transformation. Cyan even manages third-party network devices such as those from Overture Networks which we are deploying. The flexibility in the Z-Series is ideal for Central Illinois where we serve both metropolitan and rural markets across our 25,000 square mile footprint."

The Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs) will be deployed to deliver DWDM, Ethernet, and legacy SONET services. The Z-Series offers up to 2.8 Tbps of switching capacity and offers environmentally hardened units compact enough for deployment at tower locations. Blue Planet SDN software delivers a level of control heretofore unavailable to providers such as Metro Communications. An open platform, Blue Planet includes a range of Cyan and third-party applications handling everything from planning, configuration, and management, through performance verification and billing.

Jeff Parow, Cyan vice president of sales for the Eastern US, added, "Metro Communications' deployment of Cyan exemplifies the importance of combining software, hardware, and services in an integrated package. It gives them a much more cost effective solution while still allowing them to mix and match third party elements. And with Cyan PRO, it allows them to begin realizing the cost benefits immediately."

The entire Metro Communications network will be operated by Cyan personnel through its CyNOC service, a component of Cyan PRO services. CyNOC gives Metro Communications 24x7 coverage immediately without having to train its own personnel.

About Metro Communications
Metro Communications is a facilities-based provider of wholesale voice and transport services, primarily to the cellular, ILEC, CLEC, wholesale and government markets. Growing from the company's Class 5 GenBand IP/TDM switching platform in its Chicago POP, Metro began construction on a 700 mile regional network in Central Illinois in 2011 and plans to complete construction in early 2014 with 200+ buildings served. For more information, please visit

About Cyan
Cyan is global supplier of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers, data center operators, and private networks. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan PRO comprehensive professional services. With hundreds of deployments around the globe, including some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, Cyan allows its customers to customers scale their networks, reduce costs, simplify operations, and accelerate service delivery. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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