Increasing Bandwidth to 100G

As telehealth becomes increasingly prominent, it is important to have a network that enables the transfer of high broadband applications such as multiple high-definition video streams and EHRs. This is necessary not only for discussion and diagnosis but importantly for education and treatment purposes.

Ciena Corporation, a network specialist recently announced that the Utah Education Network (UEN) selected Ciena to increase their network bandwidth from 10G to 100G and beyond.

UEN serves as the commercial internet and provider of connectivity between internet2, the state government, and the Utah Telehealth Network (UTN).

UEN has connected the University of Utah to its new downtown Salt Lake City data center and to UEN member organizations. This enables the university to meet the advanced connectivity requirements of both research and general data traffic of the university. In addition, extensions of the network to Provo and Logan are underway, enabling the network to serve Brigham Young University and Utah State University. 

UEN is an affiliate member of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project connecting more than 65,000 member organizations to deliver  life-changing applications to communities via Ciena’s optical transport solutions.

The broadband connectivity was funded through the Broadband Technology Opportunity Program with an infrastructure grant made possible by ARRA. Other BTOP funded recipients using Ciena’s solutions to power future broadband activities in the U.S., includes CapeNet, Dakota Carrier Network, DC-CAN, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, and MaineREN.

An example of future broadband activities, DC-CAN serving the District of Columbia is planning to deploy a high-speed middle mile broadband infrastructure to provide direct internet connections for community anchor institutions located primarily in economically distressed areas.

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