GDT, an award-winning technology integrator and Cisco Gold Partner, has completed the deployment of mission-critical Cisco equipment for Lumos Networks, a fiber-based service provider that serves carrier, enterprise and residential customers in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. This rollout made operational the Lumos Networks Project Ark, a new state of the art broadband MPLS/IP fiber network designed primarily to handle fiber to the cell (FTTC) site traffic within the company’s network.
“Our long-term relationship with both Lumos Networks and Cisco has earned us their trust on this most important project,” said JW Roberts, CEO of GDT. “We are proud to be part of a team that is bringing a world-class network with state-of-the-art IP-based telecommunications services to Lumos Networks and their customers.”
In one month, GDT deployed devices from the Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers and other Cisco integrated services routers at Lumos sites in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. GDT also provided turnkey professional services that, in addition to installation, included site surveys at each location, network design assistance, project management and scheduling, equipment and materials procurement, and site-specific documentation as well as staging and testing in the GDT Labs in Dallas, Texas.
“The communication and detailed coordination of resources by GDT was critical to the success of Project Ark,” said Tim Blitz, Lumos CEO.
Testing in GDT Labs demonstrated to Lumos Networks, prior to product shipment, that the configuration and initial deployment of Project Ark equipment would accommodate minimum bandwidth of 1,500 unique FTTC sites with an average of 1.5 tenants per site and 400 MBs of throughput at each tenant, all on Carrier Ethernet.
“The GDT team worked effectively and efficiently with our Lumos Project Ark team,” said Craig Drinkhall, Lumos CTO. “Its execution was outstanding and resulted in lighting up Project Ark ahead of schedule.”
GDT is an award-winning technology integration partner with revenue nearing a billion dollars annually. GDT is a Cisco Gold Reseller with triple master specializations and an impressive list of awards that includes Cisco Architectural Excellence US: SP Architectures and Cisco Enterprise Partner of the Year for four consecutive years. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, GDT maintains offices in the Northeast and on the West Coast of the US, as well as an international presence in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, and the UK. GDT translates the latest ideas and technologies into inventive solutions that accelerate outcomes and realize the goals of IT and the vision of business leaders.
About Lumos Networks
Lumos Networks is a leading fiber-based service provider in the Mid-Atlantic region serving carrier and enterprise customers, offering end to end connectivity in 23 markets in Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky. With a fiber network of 7,645 fiber route miles and over 350,000 total fiber strand miles, Lumos Networks connects 708 unique Fiber to the Cell sites, 29 data centers, 1,456 on-net buildings and approximately 2,200 total on-net locations as of September 30, 2014. In 2013, Lumos Networks generated over $104 million in data revenue over our fiber network. Detailed information about Lumos Networks is available atwww.lumosnetworks.com.