MCNC seeks equipment vendor for expansion of fiber broadband network

MCNC, the private, not-for-profit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), today that it has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for identifying an appropriate vendor(s) to supply DWDM-based Optical and/or Carrier Ethernet Networking equipment to light fiber routes (some existing and some currently under construction) that have been funded through the second phase of the Golden LEAF Rural Broadband Initiative (GLRBI).

MCNC currently operates an optical network to support the NCREN community using existing dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment. The current network includes two metro-region optical rings, one in Research Triangle Park and one in Charlotte, which is being expanded through the first phase of the GLRBI and is scheduled to be complete by late fall.

As part of the second phase, respondents to this RFP will be asked to propose a solution to equip new network fiber paths to be constructed in the northeast, north-central, and south-central portions of the state that complement the existing NCREN and the new Round 1 backbone. There are up to 179 Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) in the state that reside along the Round 2 routes that are required to be connected to NCREN along the newly-constructed infrastructure. Responding vendors must include in their proposals a method that will allow circuits to be created to these CAIs (or CAI aggregator) to at least the point on the combined network where the proposed equipment connects to existing NCREN equipment.

Some of these CAIs also will require redundant connections. Where this is the case, responding vendors as part of their proposed solutions, may not specify any version or form of Spanning Tree Protocol. In addition, responding vendors also may not use “Alien Waves” as part of their proposed solutions.

Proposals will be accepted in electronic format only. A direct link to this RFP is available online by clicking here. Proposals should be submitted to MCNC Chief Financial Officer Patricia Moody at pmoody@mcnc.org. Vendors assume all risk of email delivery. The firm deadline for submission is Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. EST. Late proposals will not be accepted or reviewed.