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Windstream picks Ciena for converged optical network

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Windstream has announced that is building its National Converged Optical Network (NCON) using Ciena’s photonic, coherent optical, and intelligent software platforms.

The new NCON will allow Windstream to meet its customers’ growing bandwidth needs largely driven by remote work and learning applications, cloud computing and video streaming.

Windstream’s NCON will connect various cities across its nationwide network, delivering critical connectivity for the digital economy. In addition, the network will further enable capacity between Windstream’s Tier 1, 2, and 3 markets to major US data centres, cable landing stations and cross-border gateways.

“Our increasingly digital world requires a differentiated network that pushes the boundaries of technology to take the connectivity experience to the next level,” said Buddy Bayer (pictured), Chief Network Officer at Windstream.

“After extensive review in our quest to innovate and meet growing customer demands, it was clear that Ciena was the best partner to support our nationwide network transformation and ability to adapt to digital disruption. With NCON, Windstream will build an ultra-high capacity, intelligent network that will interoperate with our existing multi-vendor topology.”



Using Ciena’s technology will allow NCON to efficiently scale and dynamically adjust for optimal capacity on any path and avoid potential faults by automatically re-routing traffic based on available network resources.

Additionally, the NCON architecture will enable Windstream to support future technologies and growing bandwidth demands while at the same time enabling it to support legacy networks and components. The key drivers for Windstream include open connectivity, modularity, and software control.

“Windstream’s decision to partner with us again and build a world-class network that will span its entire U.S. footprint using our high-performance coherent optics and leading automation software not only demonstrates their industry leadership, but will help them deliver differentiated and innovative services while adapting to the disruptions and demands created by the digital economy,” added Jason Phipps, senior vice president of global sales and marketing at Ciena.

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