Santa Fe Public Schools Brings Innovative Fiber Network to Seven New Schools with Tellabs Optical LAN

Optical LAN enables teachers to tailor learning tools to student needs and meets future network requirements, all while lowering TCO by nearly 80 percent

 ORLANDO – January 21, 2015 – FETC Booth #364 – Tellabs, a leading provider of passive optical network (PON) solutions, today at FETC 2015 announced that Santa Fe Public Schools (SFPS) deployed its fiber-based Optical LAN network solution in seven additional schools, bringing the number of schools that benefit from Optical LAN to eight. By switching to fiber from the traditional copper option, students and teachers benefit from high-speed Internet and the flexibility they need to take full advantage of digital learning technologies.

Tellabs Optical LAN is a simpler network. At each school, it converges voice/VoIP, data, video, Wi-Fi, security, and other services onto a single fiber and centralizes all network management functions. This gives teaching staff the flexibility to tailor the classroom and learning tools to evolving student needs and provides students with high-speed access to digital learning tools, including e-learning apps, Wi-Fi and cloud-based networking, via their desktop computers, laptops and smartphones.

The flexibility of the Tellabs Optical LAN infrastructure also enables the IT staff to easily react to individual needs of each school. The technology is easy to use, and does not require any additional outsourced IT resources. Because fiber offers nearly unlimited speed and capacity, this infrastructure can easily meet the evolving connectivity needs in the future, making it a more scalable option as well.

All of these benefits translate to significant cost savings that schools can use elsewhere. In one school alone, Optical LAN cost $60,000 less than the copper-based solution. SFPS realized cost savings in square footage as well by eliminating the need for seven communications closets, which would have otherwise been required. This enabled the district to instead build out a new classroom. Over a 10-year period, SFPS expects to save almost $2.1 million at one school alone, resulting in 80 percent lower total costs of ownership (TCO).

“With Tellabs Optical LAN, we built a network infrastructure that has it all – it’s simple, flexible, sustainable and cost effective,” said Elias Bernardino, executive director of the SFPS technology department. “Tellabs Optical LAN enabled us to leverage existing IT resources and reduce costs, and then apply those savings to investments in other areas of education.”

“As the demand for higher Internet speeds and overall better digital learning experience rises, Tellabs answers with Optical LAN,” said Charlie Stone, vice president of North American sales at Tellabs. “Our innovative solution is simple, flexible and scalable. It gives students fast access to school resources over a future-proof fiber-based infrastructure and schools the confidence in knowing that they are deploying an established technology, which improves the overall educational experience.”


At each school, Tellabs Optical LAN was installed by a leading IT system integrator IT Connect. SFPS and Tellabs will discuss the deployment in detail during a conference session titled “Improve Digital Learning Environments by Going Against the Mainstream” at FETC 2015 on Friday, January 23 at 2:00PM.

 About Santa Fe Public Schools

Located in Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Public Schools were established in 1896 and currently serves an area covering 1,016 miles in Northern New Mexico. SFPS provides a quality learning experience for about 14,000 K-12 students across 35 schools.

 About ITConnect, Inc.

IT Connect designs and deploys infrastructure configurations for all types of businesses, from start-ups to legacy migrations, offering business stability and management ease. IT Connect provides its data customers with the strategies, solutions, technologies and services that can help to maximize the network availability mandated by real-time networking and the operational costs containment or reduction that can result.

 About Tellabs

Tellabs delivers technology that transforms the way the world communicates. Tellabs evolutionary passive Optical LAN empowers the building of a modern high performance LAN infrastructure that is simple, secure, stable, scalable, sustainable and costs less.

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