Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that it has been selected as the optical cable supplier for the Miami-to-Atlanta segment of Allied Fiber’s network-neutral system build. The 754-mile, Miami-to-Atlanta route is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.
The network-neutral system is intended to provide an abundant supply of next-generation fiber available for lease, as legacy backhaul network infrastructures can no longer support the exponential growth occurring in the industry. The end users for these physical-layer services include submarine Optical Communications, large wire line and wireless carriers and network operators, private enterprises, cooperatives, cable television companies, and data center operators.
Corning will supply its best-in-class 528-fiber SST-UltraRibbon™ Cable containing Corning® SMF-28e+® and Corning® LEAF® optical fibers. Corning's SMF-28e+ optical fiber is an industry leader in comprehensive single-mode fiber performance for metro and access networks. Optimized for long-haul and metro networks, Corning LEAF optical fiber is a technically advanced product that provides high capacity, broad system flexibility, and proven performance.
In addition to an innovative portfolio of cable and hardware solutions, Corning was the chosen manufacturer based on many value-added components such as design support, deployment expertise, outside plant cost-modeling tools and formalized training classes.
“We congratulate Allied Fiber on the launch of their unique nationwide network, which is expected to drive economic growth for the communities impacted,” said Kim Hartwell, senior vice president and chief commercial officer for Corning Optical Communications. “Corning plans to deliver high-quality product solutions and service in order to further the success of this endeavor.”
“Allied Fiber worked closely with Corning to develop a custom-designed 528-fiber ribbon cable optimized for the unique network design we are deploying throughout the United States,” said Jason Cohen, president and chief operating officer, Allied Fiber. “Corning’s telecommunications solutions have been requested by many of our customers and are capable of supporting the newest generation of high-performance opto-electronics equipment.”
Planned future phases of the Allied Fiber network will encircle the U.S., with more than 11,500 route miles. More information about Allied Fiber’s unique nationwide network can be found here.
For additional information on Corning Optical Communications products and services, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-743-2675, toll free in the United States; or (+1) 828-901-5000, international; or visit the Web site at www.corning.com/opcomm.
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About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated (www.corning.com) is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Our products include glass substrates for LCD televisions, computer monitors and laptops; ceramic substrates and filters for mobile emission control systems; optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment for telecommunications networks; optical biosensors for drug discovery; and other advanced optics and specialty glass solutions for a number of industries including semiconductor, aerospace, defense, astronomy, and metrology.
About Allied Fiber LLC
Allied Fiber LLC builds, owns and operates its own new, next-generation, physical layer, network-neutral, integrated fiber optic cable and colocation system, and is based in New York, N.Y. The Allied Fiber system mission is to provide a substantially diverse, physical layer thoroughfare between the major carrier hotels and data centers in the United States. The Allied Fiber system is open to all network operator types including international and domestic carriers and service providers as well as enterprise, research and education and other non-carrier network operators. Allied Fiber invests in and creates the dark fiber network infrastructure necessary to meet America’s needs for unfettered core transport speeds, high-speed fixed and broadband wireless backhaul, data center distribution for cloud computing and lower latency communications services in order to drive economic growth, create jobs and increase productivity for the country. For more information, please visit www.alliedfiber.com.