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Optical Wavelength Service V9.0

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Product Description

QC Optical Wavelength Service is a shared Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) architecture which provides dedicated circuit bandwidth in a point to point configuration utilizing Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology. The service allows individual or multiple wavelengths carrying data channels to be added and/or dropped from a transport fiber without a need to convert the signals.

This service is available from all of CenturyLink ILEC entities and up to three different circuit configurations from the customer premises to a Company wire center(s).

  • Configuration 1: Single unprotected fiber circuit terminating at the customers premises on a Fiber Distribution Panel. (Available when ordering from all CenturyLink ILEC entities)
  • Configuration 2: Dual unprotected fiber circuit terminating at the customers premises on a Fiber Distribution Panel. This design includes both a working circuit and an alternate circuit. (Available when ordering from the CenturyLink QC ILEC company only)
  • Configuration 3: Protected fiber circuit terminating at the customerís premises on a Fiber Distribution Panel. This design includes both a working circuit and an alternate circuit for protection purposes. (Available when ordering from the CenturyLink QC ILEC company only)

Optical Wavelength Service supports SONET (OC3, OC12, OC48, OC192 and OC768*) Ethernet (Gig E, 10G LAN PHY, 10G WAN PHY, 40GbE, and 100GbE) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) (OTU1, OTU2, OTU3, AND OTU4) interfaces/protocols.

*NOTE: Effective March 31, 2017, Optical Wavelength OC 768 is grandfathered and cannot be ordered as a new service.

Availability

Optical Wavelength Service is available where facilities exist throughout all CenturyLink locations.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions are set forth in both the QC Interstate Service Guide (ISG) #11 and the EQ/CenturyLink ISG #s 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

Technical Publications

Technical characteristics, for CenturyLink QC only, including Network Channel and Network Channel Interface (NC/NCI™) codes, are described in Technical Publication, Optical Wavelength Service (OWS), 77412.

Pricing

Rate Structure

Recurring charges are comprised of the following rate elements:

  • Optical Channel (for CenturyLink QC)
  • Central Office Optical Termination (for CenturyLink QC)
  • Transport Channel (Interoffice Mileage) per airline Mile (for CenturyLink QC)
  • Channel Termination (for EQ/CTL)
  • Transport Channel Mileage consisting of Channel Mileage Facility and Channel Mileage Termination (for EQ/CTL)

Nonrecurring charges are comprised of the following rate elements:

  • Optical Channel
  • Central Office Optical Termination
  • Channel Termination

An initial service period of 12, 24, 36 or 60 months is required for Optical Wavelength Service . At the end of the initial service period, Optical Wavelength Service will automatically revert to the month-to-month plan. Service converted to the month to month plan can not be added to or changed, only upgraded to a term plan of 12, 24, 36 or 60 months or disconnected.

Rates

Rates are available in CenturyLink Communications Interstate Service Guides #ís 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 or on an Individual Case Basis (ICB).

Tariffs, Regulations and Policy

Tariffs, regulations and policies are located in QC RSS No.1 or state specific Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists.

Optional Features

Optional Features section does not apply to Optical Wavelength Service .

Features

  • Optical wavelength product utilizes state-of-the-art DWDM technology
  • High capacity bandwidths of SONET, Ethernet, and OTN.
  • Complete transparency for network management purposes.
  • Network monitored and managed on a 24/7 basis with multiple network control centers (NOC).
  • Service level agreements-99.9 percent availability goals backed by 24/7 technical support.
  • Cost efficient high-capacity point-to-point wavelength circuit.
  • Optical Wavelength Service provides transparent customer-facing interface for SONET overhead.

Applications

Optical Wavelength Service can be used for a variety of applications where a customer desires high bandwidth connectivity such as:

  • Data Center, Carrier Hotel, and Wireless MSC connectivity
  • Connection to IXC POP and ILEC Collocation locations and provide end-to-end connectivity markets of any size within the US and Internationally
  • Supports large data needs like cloud, multimedia and video streaming

Implementation

Product Prerequisites

If you are a new CLEC and are ready to do business with CenturyLink, view Getting Started for Facility-Based CLECs. If you are an existing CLEC wishing to amend your Interconnection Agreement or New Customer Questionnaire, additional information is located in the Interconnection Agreement.

Pre-Ordering

A request form must be submitted to the CenturyLink System Design Engineer or the Custom Solutions Engineer for a facilities check, by your Account Team /Sales Executives and Service Managers. If facilities are not available, then your CenturyLink Account Team representative will submit a Notification of Potential Sale. In the event a facility build is required, additional information regarding the equipment and space requirements at the customer premise are found in the Customer Premise Site Visit Requirements for Fiber Based Services.

Ordering

Optical Wavelength Service requests are submitted using the following Access Service Ordering Guidelines (ASOG) forms:

  • Access Service Request
  • Administrative
  • Transport Request
  • Service Address Location Information Form

Optional ASOG forms could include:

  • Additional Circuit Information

Field entry requirements are described in the Access Service Request (ASR) Forms.

Service requests can be placed using using Electronic Administration and Service Order Exchange (EASE) Virtual Front Office (VFO) or one of the other methods described in CenturyLink ASR Ordering Systems.

If an AQCB ID number has been provided to you, that information must be populated into the VTA field after the contract term period: i.e. "36 AQCBID#"

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Provisioning and Installation

Optical Wavelength Service is provided on an Individual Case Basis (ICB). For new service where facilities do not exist, the time between sale and final installation may take up to 120 days. New services where facilities exist may take up to 45 days.

Maintenance and Repair

General maintenance and repair activities are described in the Maintenance and Repair Overview.

Billing

Carrier Access Billing System (CABS) billing is described in Billing Information - Carrier Access Billing System (CABS).

Training

View CenturyLink courses by clicking on Course Catalog.

Contacts

CenturyLink contact information is located in Wholesale Customer Contacts.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. What is Optical Wavelength Service ?
Optical Wavelength Service is an optical wavelength product offering that utilizes dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology and provides dedicated point to point unprotected and protected circuit configuration with high capacity bandwidths of SONET, Ethernet, and Optical Transport Network (OTN).

2. What bandwidth is available with the Optical Wavelength Service product offering?
Optical Wavelength Service provides high capacity circuit bandwidths of OC3, OC12, OC48, OC192, Gig E, 10G LAN PHY, 10G WAN PHY, 40GbE, 100GbE, OTU1, OTU2, OTU3, and OTU4. .

3. Is there a service level agreement (SLA) provided with Optical Wavelength Service ?
Yes, the Optical Wavelength Service SLA service availability goal is 99.9 percent.

4. What are the typical applications for Optical Wavelength Service?
The Optical Wavelength Service applications are:

  • Local/Metro Area Network (LAN/MAN) connectivity
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)

5. What is Optical Wavelength Service network technology?
Optical Wavelength Service utilizes the Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) technology that allows individual or multiple wavelengths carrying data channels to be added and/or dropped from a transport fiber without the need to convert the signals.

6. What are the key benefits of Optical Wavelength Service ?

  • DWDM Optical Network Technology for state of the art communications
  • High Capacity Services available up to 100G
  • Multiple Interfaces/Protocols
  • Transparent transport of protocols
  • Network Monitoring 24/7
  • Guaranteed SLAs
  • Simplified Pricing Structure
  • Customers can buy only the bandwidth they need

7. What is the installation interval for Optical Wavelength Service
Intervals are determined on an ICB basis due to equipment and fiber availability. The goal is 45 days.

8. May I order an Interstate Optical Wavelength Service service through the LSR process?
No. Interstate services or Intrastate service not in a resale arrangement are not eligible for Resale rates. Rates are located in the State specific and RSS. LSR's for Interstate Optical Wavelength Service services, or Intrastate services that are not in a resale arrangement will be rejected and the request will need to be submitted via the ASR process.

Last Update: May 31, 2017

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