Tellabs future-proofs SK Food Group network with optical LAN  

Tellabs, a provider of passive optical network (PON) solutions, announced its Optical LAN solution was selected by SK Food Group, for its new manufacturing facility in Columbus, Ohio.

The deployment was carried out with fiber optic communications integrator STAT Communications. The Optical LAN improves SK Food Group’s network performance while reducing equipment needs and supporting evolving network demands for years to come.

Fiber optic-based Optical LAN is a smarter alternative to the traditional copper-based LAN. In the new facility, SK Food Group uses Tellabs’ Optical LAN solution with its virtually unlimited bandwidth to support data, voice-over-IP (VoIP), wireless, surveillance and manufacturing control services.

By integrating wireless services onto the converged fiber-based infrastructure, Optical LAN provides backhaul and remote monitoring to improve wireless applications, such as Wi-Fi. The combination of Optical LAN with wireless equipment saves SK Food Group nearly $100,000 in wireless applications alone.

Optical LAN also gives SK Food Group’s large facility a simpler architecture, designed from scratch for the building’s needs.

Optical LAN also requires less equipment and cabling than copper-based LAN. It delivers significant space savings that is critical for a facility with floor space allocated for production and storage. In combination with its centralized network management, Optical LAN makes it easy to make moves, adds and changes.

Melissa Stone, manager of IT at SK Food Group, said Tellabs’ Optical LAN gave their company a future-proof network, better performance and streamlined operations, while saving costs.

“This is the first commercial Optical LAN deployment in the Midwest, adding to our successful track record in this market,” said Ken Funai, vice president of STAT Communications. “Being at the forefront of innovations, we knew Tellabs’ Optical LAN was the best option for SK Food Group’s specific needs.”

“SK Food Group’s deployment of Tellabs’ Optical LAN is yet another demonstration that our solution is the smarter and simpler choice,” said Tom Ruvarac, vice president, Business Development at Tellabs. “From network convergence to simplified management, Tellabs’ Optical LAN is the ideal solution for solving the challenges of a modern, high-performance LAN today and in the future.”

Rajani Baburajan

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