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PacketLight Upgrades Existing 10G DWDM IPTV Backbone

Next-Generation Rural Broadband Connectivity

At a Glance

Company: Twin Lakes
Location: Gainsboro, TN
Industry: Rural Service Provider

Challenge: The challenge was to upgrade the existing IPTV infrastructure of Twin Lakes to a 10GbE DWDM ring network, while maintaining their existing GbE cellular fiber network, to provide their customers with high bandwidth services.

Solution: PacketLight’s 10G DWDM transponder solution provided the entire optical solution in a 1U, integrating EDFAs, mux/demux and DCM with OTN transponders.

Success: Twin Lakes was able to provide their customers, both residential and business, with a next-generation triple-play package.

Background

Twin Lakes is a broadband, TV, security and phone cooperative incorporated under the laws of Tennessee on March 13, 1951.

As a cooperative, the company is owned by its members and customers that it serves. Twin Lakes provides services to the Upper Cumberland region of Tennessee including Baxter, Byrdstown, Celina, Chestnut Mound, Clarkrange, Cookeville South, Crawford, Gainesboro, Granville, Highland, Jamestown, Livingston, Moss, North Springs and Rickman.

The Challenge

In rural areas of the United States it can be challenging to provide high-speed Internet and cellular connectivity to customers. Twin Lakes was looking to upgrade their existing network to supply their customers with a modern high-speed triple play package (cellular, TV, Internet).

This meant upgrading the existing IPTV infrastructure to a 10GbE DWDM ring network, while maintaining their existing GbE cellular fiber network with drops at 9 locations across 200 km of fiber. The solution had to be compact, reliable, carrier grade, and easy to integrate, all at a lower cost than the standard market price.

"The solution is cost effective, simple to deploy and easy to maintain."
Shane Heupel, Director of Technology, Twin Lakes

The Solution

PacketLight deployed the PL-1000TN 10G DWDM Transponder. The device provided Twin Lakes the entire optical solution in a 1U, integrating EDFAs, mux/demux and DCM with the OTN transponders.

The PL-1000TN holds up to 6 multi-protocol transponders in a 1U, allowing Twin Lakes a future-proof solution that is flexible and upgradable without additional rack space or hardware. The product also reduces backbone cost by cutting the number of regenerators.

To support the long-haul network, the PL-1000IL Optical Amplifier was deployed to extend optical link power at a reduced cost. The product has complete remote monitoring through PacketLight’s intuitive optical supervisory channel (OSC).

Both the PL-1000TN and PL-1000IL are vendor-agnostic solutions interoperable with almost any new equipment added to the network in the future.

Success

PacketLight Networks provided Twin Lakes with a flexible, carrier-grade DWDM solution to support a modified high-speed triple play network upgrade including broadband, cellular coverage and television.

Twin Lakes was able to provide their customers, both residential and business, with next generation connectivity across their offerings while reducing their own operational and capital expenditure.

Twin Lakes Director of Technology, Shane Heupel: “PacketLight’s highly scalable DWDM solution provides Twin Lakes the ability to deliver 1/10/40G services to its customers. The solution is cost effective, simple to deploy and easy to maintain.”