Pennsylvania's KINBER chooses Ekinops to increase network capacity

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), Pennsylvania´s statewide research, education and community networking organization, has vastly increased its capacity and service capability over its statewide PennREN backbone infrastructure using optical networking equipment from Ekinops, the company said.

Harrisburg-based KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania. KINBER owns and operates a more than 1,800-mile fiber network across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with access points in 47 of the 67 Pennsylvania counties.

To meet increasing demand, KINBER installed two 100G long-haul connections using its Ekinops 360 platform, one span extending 166 miles and the other extending 609 miles of the East Ring of the PennREN Network with a round-trip latency of only 11 milliseconds on the longer route. KINBER´s PennREN network upgrade using Ekinops 360 represents the first availability of 100GE capability across the commonwealth.

With the Ekinops 360 platform in place, KINBER now has dual 100G wavelength connectivity, with extremely low latency, across its research and education network. To meet the demands of all its end-users, KINBER is now able to provide high-speed services from Scranton to Pittsburgh, Erie to Philadelphia, or any city in-between, throughout the Commonwealth.

The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is Pennsylvania´s statewide research, education and community network. Established in 2010 through a USD 99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER provides network connectivity and services to more than 80 organizations in Pennsylvania.

Ekinops is a provider of open and fully interoperable layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. Its programmable and highly scalable solutions enable the fast, flexible and cost-effective deployment of new services for both high-speed, high-capacity optical transport as well as virtualization-enabled managed enterprise services. A global organization, with operations in four continents; Ekinops (EKI) – a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange – is headquartered in Lannion, France, and Ekinops Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.