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Ciena unveils latest 5G networking innovations

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Ciena has added several new products and capabilities to its 5G Network Solutions with the goal of simplifying the network and supporting operators as they migrate from 4G to 5G.

The company leverages intelligent automation, next-generation routing platforms and advanced professional services to support the delivery of differentiated 5G services, such as eMBB (enhanced Mobile Broadband), mMTC (massive Machine-Type Communications) and ultra-reliable Low-Latency Communications (urLLC).

“Ciena has been at the forefront of creating some of the industry’s most advanced wireline networks and our open 5G Network Solutions build on that heritage, giving operators the ability to choose the right solutions for their needs and to create a more adaptive network,” said Steve Alexander, chief technology officer, Ciena.

“Operators can now move to 5G with minimal risk and the ability to rapidly generate a greater return on their investments.” 

In line with customer demand, Ciena has built its 5G solutions with openness in mind. Its 5G-optimised routers allow Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and wholesale network operators to meet the low-latency, high-performance demands of fronthaul, midhaul and backhaul (xHaul) transport with an open network slicing-capable architecture.

Additionally, with 5G software automation features from Ciena’s Blue Planet such as network slicing and dynamic planning, operators can offer, measure and report on different SLAs based on specific customer needs and further simplify network buildouts to support 5G small cell deployments.

“Ciena’s success in delivering optical networks speaks for itself, but its evolution as a provider of 5G-optimized routing platforms opens up new opportunities for operators that are looking to avoid vendor lock-in,” said Rajesh Ghai, research director of carrier network infrastructure, IDC

“These new programmable systems, in combination with Blue Planet’s intelligent software, show promise in delivering the type of lean, automated network 5G requires.”

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