Packet optical solutions to provide connectivity to key state agencies and speed access to national research & education networks

BTI Systems, the company that redefines metro service delivery, today announced that the University of New Mexico is using its packet optical solutions to create a regional optical network to encourage collaboration across multiple campus locations between various university, industry and government partners. With the solutions from BTI Systems, University of New Mexico students, staff, researchers and administrators will have access to a network that delivers high capacity and low latency bandwidth for Internet access, research and data exchange, distance learning and production-grade video transfers with the speed, performance, reliability and enhanced security needed to access national education networks and provide quality service to the University community.

The packet optical networking solution from BTI Systems provides a scalable Carrier Ethernet network foundation in a campus environment, which brings lower cost, better service and rapid provisioning to connect various departments and user types. The BTI 7000 Series and packetVX™ Carrier Ethernet networking components provide protected 10 Gbps Ethernet rings and full integration of packet switching functionality with Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) from a single platform. This approach provides convergence of the service layer with the optical and transport layer, simplifying the network and expediting access across the campus today and for expansion in the future.

"BTI Systems provides the best-fit model as the primary campus interconnect solution for the University," said Gary Bauerschmidt, associate director of IT Networks at the University of New Mexico. "The new platform addresses our fiber constraints between campus locations with WDM, provides high-availability bandwidth, and offers a simple and secure approach to networking with integrated Carrier Ethernet. The pay-as-you-grow architecture also simplifies our plans for future network expansion."

"We have an established history providing network solutions to the research and education community addressing bandwidth-intensive data transfers, distance learning, and acting as the test bed for telecommunications innovation," said Glenn Thurston, vice president of Global Marketing for BTI Systems. "We are proud to provide the network foundation for research, learning, and collaboration at the University of New Mexico with a packet optical approach offering flexibility, greater capacity, and higher bandwidth to address the needs of students, researchers, and staff today and into the future."

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