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Press Release -- April 13th, 2015
Source: Cyan

Regional Operators Across the U.S. Partner With Cyan to Support Rural Connectivity and Deliver New Services

Cyan Z-Series packet-optical hardware and Blue Planet software deployments enable new high-bandwidth optical and Ethernet services for rural businesses and consumers

PETALUMA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a leading provider of SDN, NFV, and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced a series of recent deployments that highlight the company’s growing momentum with rural and regional carriers across the U.S. as they upgrade and enhance their networks to deliver new services. Bloomingdale Communications, Broadband Visions, Palmetto Rural Telephone Company, and Vision Net have successfully deployed Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical hardware and the Blue Planet SDN software to lower costs and deliver new high-bandwidth optical and Ethernet services more efficiently across Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Montana, respectively.

With access to Cyan’s solutions, these regional service providers are able to transform their networks and their business models to meet the needs of their rural business and residential customers.

“Cyan understands the challenges facing regional carriers and rural telephone companies who are competing against larger incumbents to better serve their customers,” said Jeff Parow, vice president of sales at Cyan. “Since our inception, we have focused on helping these customers deliver compelling new service offerings, and build networks that are both highly scalable and cost-efficient. Our ultimate goal has always been to provide these customers with a network infrastructure that allows them to successfully grow their business and we’re proud to see the results.”

Recent regional operator deployments of Cyan Z-Series packet-optical hardware and Blue Planet software include:

Bloomingdale Communications: Serving southwest Michigan with a variety of network solutions, Bloomingdale Communications is leveraging Cyan’s packet-optical technology and the multi-vendor SDN controller capabilities of Blue Planet to simplify the company’s carrier Ethernet services management. By providing end-to-end visibility of Accedian and Overture Ethernet network interface devices (NIDs), and automated A-to-Z provisioning, Blue Planet enables Bloomingdale Communications to significantly increase service velocity and streamline operations of the multi-vendor Ethernet network.

BroadBand Visions: A consortium group based in Hutchinson, Minn., BroadBand Visions (BBV) provides video services and transport to support member companies operating in Minnesota. BBV utilizes the re-configurable optical add drop multiplexer (ROADM) capabilities of Cyan’s Z-Series as the foundation of the company’s statewide optical network. The Z-Series provides an agile optical layer that allows BBV to rapidly provision high-capacity, low-latency wavelengths to increase bandwidth up to 100G for individual member companies.

Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative: Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) is a member-owned cooperative providing a complete telecommunications solution to homes and businesses throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina. PRTC is using the Z-Series packet aggregation and transport modules, in combination with Blue Planet’s multi-vendor management and SDN controller capabilities, to deliver carrier-grade Ethernet business and mobile backhaul services that meet their customer’s needs for high-performance and resiliency with guaranteed SLAs.

Vision Net: Vision Net, a Montana-based communications technology solutions provider offering a full range of data, voice and video networking applications, has upgraded their existing Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport network to 100G. Leveraging the single-slot Z-Series DTM-100G module, Vision Net was able to quickly and cost-effectively increase the capacity of their optical backbone to meet the growing demand for low-latency mobile backhaul, data center, enterprise, and wholesale transport services statewide.

Additional Comments from Cyan’s Customers

“Bloomingdale Communications has a long track record of leveraging technology advancements to benefit our community. The flexibility of Cyan’s Ethernet solution has allowed us to meet the growing needs of our Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) with services that are both scalable and simple to manage. CAI customers have greatly benefited from our deployment of the Cyan platform including K-12 schools, libraries, and governments,” – Dan Key, plant manager at Bloomingdale Communications.

“Our goal was to build a network that was both flexible and scalable to serve the rural markets across Minnesota. Cyan’s advanced technologies and commitment to rural America will ensure we are able to achieve our goals,” – Barb Bornhoft, chief operating officer at BroadBand Visions.

“PRTC is leveraging Cyan’s Planet Operate for edge device management, which is now influencing our decision on which NID to select,” – Tony Stout, chief technology officer at PRTC.

“Cyan is the foundation for every network service Vision Net provides. Vision Net couldn’t have a better partner in meeting the continually increasing bandwidth and service demands of our customers,” – Corey Jensen, executive vice president of transport services for Vision Net.

About Cyan

Cyan (NYSE: CYNI) enables network transformation. The company’s software-defined network (SDN) solutions deliver orchestration, agility, and scale to networks, that until now, have been static and hardware driven. Serving carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers globally, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor, multi-layer control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable. Cyan solutions include the award-winning Blue Planet SDN software and N-Series hyperscale and Z-Series packet-optical hardware platforms. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at


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