CenturyLink, Cienna Help Texas Council Deploy Private Broadband Network

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments in Texas has partnered with CenturyLink and Ciena to deploy a private broadband network designed to connect healthcare services providers at hospitals, schools and rural clinics in the region.

Ciena said Oct. 11 the network is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2019 and will also support 9-1-1 emergency response, public safety and workforce development initiatives.

Terence Gleeson, vice president of strategic partner alliances at CenturyLink, said the two companies aim to help address networking requirements of government groups, businesses and healthcare providers across Brazos Valley through the broadband network.

Ciena offered turnkey implementation and training services to the project while CenturyLink provided deployment services as the former’s BizConnect program partner.

The network is powered by Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave technology and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and designed to transfer data at a speed of up to 10 gigabits per second, the company noted.

BVCOG functions as a multipurpose voluntary organization comprised of local government agencies in Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington counties.

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