Seeking to enable big bandwidth at the edges of the network, Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) added two new boxes to their Ethernet portfolio this morning. Ciena has been having a big year on the growth front, and further traction for its Ethernet portfolio could help them keep up the momentum.
As the basic unit of currency in the metro moves from Gig-E to 10GE, network operators need to put the kind of switching power they have in the data center further and further out in the network. That's where Ciena hopes its new 5160 and 5142 service aggregation switches fit into the picture -- chassis-level power in a pizza box configuration.
And the first customer is already lined up. Arkansas' Ritter Communications will deploy the new boxes to support growing demand for 10GbE and for mobile backhaul. Ritter has been using Ciena gear in their regional fiber network for some time, of course, and this appears to further deepen the relationship.
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