As we saw with VoIP, Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA, news, filings) doesn't move quickly but when it does move the momentum can be very impressive. It is the mid-sized business market that is getting a lot of the MSO's attention right now, and last month they formally announced Metro Ethernet services across twenty markets. Today we learned that Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) and Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) are supplying the gear powering that effort.
Comcast is deploying Ciena's Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery platform, the LE-311v in particular, for both business services and wireless backhaul. Ciena's gear will enable them to deploy Ethernet services in a wide range of environments and to remotely increase bandwidth via software (no truck roll).
And on the routing end, Comcast is deploying a variety of Juniper gear, including T-series core routes, MX-series edge routers, and EX series Ethernet Switches. They will also be leveraging the Junos operating system to hold it all together, and the whole setup is aimed at building in scalability. And of course, if there's one thing Comcast likes to do, it's scale things.
Comcast expects to expand its Metro Ethernet coverage into additional markets in the months to come.