Optical transport

For service providers, enterprise networks, and business end users

With increasing demands for bandwidth and near-continuous access to critical business systems and data, more companies than ever are reporting bandwidth congestion at the WAN or LAN. Optical transport networking technology is expanding to business end users who are rapidly realizing the role of technology in the accomplishment of their business goals.

Originally designed for service provider backbone networks, fiber optics have become the transport medium of choice for the mission-critical networks of large enterprises — for storage, data centers, campus, and metro-area networking, and demanding applications that require low latency and high bandwidth, such as videoconferencing.

Today’s transport technology is capable of transmitting up to 9.6 terabits per second over a single strand of fiber utilizing Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) while providing end-to-end low latency links for layer 1 encryption that secures your entire network’s data and sub-50ms switching to support five 9s availability.

Cisco NCS 4000 for Optical Transport

Full-turnkey optical services

The GDT Optical Transport Team delivers today’s optical transport solutions that enable the greatest transmission capacity at the lowest total cost of ownership..

Our  team has multi-vendor expertise with platforms that include Cisco, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent, BTI Systems, Cyan, Fujitsu, and Nortel.

The GDT Optical Transport Team is comprised of diversely experienced optical engineers and architects, each with an average 15+ years of industry experience with optical transports systems in enterprise and service provider environments. The team specializes in the comprehensive Cisco optical product portfolio and is especially proficient with the Cisco Optical Networking System (ONS) and Cisco Networking Control System (NCS) product lines.

  • Network designs
  • Proof of concepts
  • Commissioning and integration
  • Migration services
  • Network augments
  • NOC management

Providing excellence where it is needed

GDT has engineers located in more than ten major cities around the US and able to efficiently travel to customer locations, both domestically and abroad. Our goal is to provide excellence where it is needed and services with the least possible impact to customer operations. The GDT Optical Transport Team designs for scalability and performance — to lower OpEx and CapEx through a reduction in consumption of  power, space, and time with designs that scale for flexible traffic growth far into the future.

The optical team extends the reach of your team — its knowledge base and abilities — with its range of full-turnkey services.

Optical transport design and architecting

  • Network design of DWDM and Packet Transport  Routing/Switching Infrastructures
  • Fiber characterization testing
  • Proof of concept lab
  • Competitive positioning of vendor & GDT solutions

Optical transport implementation process

  • Cold staging, to organize and ship site specific materials and equipment
  • Hot staging, to pre-provision and test functionality before it hits the field
  • Site surveys
  • EF&I – Full engineering, furnish and installation services
  • C&IS – Full commissioning and integration services
  • Comprehensive end-to-end testing
  • Full engineering documentation, MOPs, as-builts
  • Migration services

Support for optical transport

  • Day 2 managed services and 24x7x365 NOC monitoring services
  • Technical support and troubleshooting
  • Training
  • Network Audits
  • Assessments and recommendations
  • Asset recovery

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Founded in 1996, GDT is an award-winning, technology integration partner. GDT specializes in designing, building, and delivering best-of-breed technology solutions for service providers, enterprise networks, data centers, and more. The GDT team of expert architects and engineers hold the highest level of certification and employ the use of state-of-the-art, LEED certified facilities to translate the latest ideas and technologies into inventive solutions that realize the goals of IT and the vision of business leaders.

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