ECI products to upgrade Rainier Connect's optical transport network

ECI®, a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data center operators, in cooperation with Rainier Connect, a family-owned, telecommunications service provider offering high-speed Internet, cable television and telephone services to more than 15,000 customers in the western United States, has upgraded Rainier´s optical transport network to 100G with ECI´s Apollo family of products, the company said.

The project was funded in part, by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), that administers programs providing infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities via public-private partnerships . These include water and waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications services requiring equipment vetted by the US government.

The ECI Apollo family of products offer state-of-the-art, transparent and flexible DWDM transport with integrated packet services. Apollo combines high-performance, low-latency OTN transport, with software configurable optical switching, for maximum efficiency. Rainier´s sophisticated network architecture now includes 100G interfaces, multi-degree ROADM capabilities and can scale up to 88 channels, all of which are easily and intuitively managed via ECI´s LightSOFT® network management system (NMS).

Rainier Connect is a gigabit fiber, broadband and telecommunications company. Founded in 1910, Rainier Connect provides gigabit fiber, broadband, cable TV, telephone, and additional business-class and residential services to customers in the South Puget Sound.

ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, critical infrastructures as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cybersecurity solution, and a range of professional services. ECI´s ELASTIC solutions ensure open, future-proof, and secure communications. With ECI, customers have the luxury of choosing a network that can be tailor-made to their needs today while being flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of tomorrow.