Teliasonera International Carrier is upgrading its European backbone with a little help from Ciena's optical gear. The international arm of the Nordic giant has been expanding its network around the world lately, but is turning some attention to turf closer to home to help meet demand driven by mobile data and the cloud.
Teliasonera is deploying Ciena's converged packet-optical gear to build a pan-European overlay network. They had used Infinera for their US upgrade with Coriant supplying their initial 100G gear in Europe, but Ciena seems to have displaced Coriant in the latter. Both their 5400 Reconfigurable Switching and OneControl software management are being deployed.
And in an announcement earlier this month that slipped through the cracks of my travel preparations, Ciena introduced a new platform aimed at the metro network segment. Their 8700 Packetwave Platform offers multi-terabit, programmable switching. That's clearly aimed at the guys working on on-demand Ethernet cloud connectivity with the help of SDN. An early customer of the new platform is Northeastern and Midwestern metro fiber builder/operator Fibertech Networks.
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