September 13, 2010 08:00 ET

NebraskaLink Selects Cyan Z-Series Products to Build First State-Wide Broadband Network

Interconnected Fiber-Optic Rings Will Serve Public and Private Networking Needs

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - September 13, 2010) -  COMPTEL -- Cyan today announced that NebraskaLink, a state-wide consortium of seven local telecommunications providers, has selected its Cyan Z-Series™ of multi-layer transport platforms and its Cyan CyMS™ multi-layer management system to build a self-healing packet-optical network covering the state of Nebraska. The network of interconnected fiber-optic rings will be built over the next three years with an $11.5 million grant awarded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds under the National Telecommunications and Information (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Together with nearly $5 million in private funding from NebraskaLink, this award will provide the resources to directly connect to 37 "middle-mile" service areas in communities throughout the state and offer them a variety of affordable services, including interactive two-way broadband, high-speed internet access, and digital multimedia.

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"NebraskaLink is excited about the opportunity to develop a Nebraska-wide, state-of-the-art, fiber optic network and to make a positive contribution to the community, economic development, and public services. We look forward to working with our community anchor institutions, private business, and all stakeholders in making this network available to serve Nebraskans. The availability of broadband services will create the potential for economic growth and job creation in the private sector as well as for improved services in the public sector. Cyan's packet-optical transport solutions are key to our plans, since they enable us to interconnect with all types of networks and upgrade easily as our broadband needs evolve," said Paul Ludwick, NebraskaLink's Chief Executive Officer.

The proposed network will have nearly 2,000 miles of fiber cable, including 450 miles of newly constructed fiber. The network will serve more than 100 anchor institutions, such as medical facilities, libraries, schools, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, public safety entities, government buildings, and more. In addition, local ISPs can use the open network to facilitate more affordable and accessible broadband service for up to 85,000 households and 8,000 businesses. This project will also facilitate enhanced services for the Omaha and Winnebago tribes of northwest Nebraska, which will be able to connect with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The NebraskaLink network will benefit a wide array of users.

  • It will provide mid-mile service to another 225 anchor institutions by interconnecting with their last-mile providers.
  • At least 23 last-mile broadband providers are interested in using the network to improve service to local consumers and anchor institutions.
  • NebraskaLink will provide much-needed capacity to improve the service of existing public safety networks and facilities and enable development of the state's planned wireless public-safety network.

Flexible Cyan Solutions Enable Network Scaling

"NebraskaLink looked long and hard at the products it selected for its initial ring networks because it will depend on those networks as it uses its stimulus funds to fill out the rest of the rings over time," said Eric Clelland, vice president of sales for Cyan. "Our solutions give NebraskaLink the flexibility to interconnect with any type of existing network -- including fiber, Ethernet, SONET, TDM, and more -- and thus serve the widest array of providers and customers."

NebraskaLink will deploy Cyan's Z-Series multi-layer optical transport solution, which provides high capacity and operational efficiency for scaling networks from small to large, throughout its network.

  • The Cyan Z77 platform supports in excess of 200 Gbps of protected, full-duplex, packet, and TDM services per card slot and up to 2.5 Tbps per chassis. It is optimized for aggregation, transit, and hub deployments.
  • The Cyan Z33 platform supports up to 100 Gbps of protected, full duplex, packet, and TDM services per slot and up to 400 Gbps per chassis. It is optimized for access-edge and aggregation for scaling of network capacity while simplifying planning and operations.
  • The Cyan Z77 and Z33 platforms support a portfolio of interchangeable service modules providing advanced Ethernet services with connection oriented Ethernet transport, SONET/SDH, OTN, DWDM and ROADM functions to scale network services and facilitate the transition of TDM to packet.
  • The CyMS multi-layer management system provides revolutionary 3-dimensional network visualization to clearly show the relationship between services and associated transport layers, enabling users to configure, monitor, maintain, and operate their networks and underlying equipment and facilities with greater ease and efficiency.

About Cyan

Cyan currently has dozens of service provider customers, with deployments in North America and Europe. Service provider 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

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts
    Frank Wiener
    +1 707.280.6280
    Email Contact
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    Engage PR for Cyan
    Jeannette Bitz
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    +1 510.748.8200 ext. 207

    CEO of NebraskaLink, LLC
    Paul Ludwick
    Email Contact
    +1 402.489.1208