Cinia selects Ribbon transport network upgrade

Cinia selects Ribbon transport network upgrade

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Cinia has selected Ribbon Communications’ Apollo OTN Transport and Switching platforms to upgrade its backbone transport network in Finland and Northern Europe.

Once fully deployed, the solution will enable key high capacity, low latency and resilience across Cinia’s regional network.

"The importance of connectivity platforms including transport networks has clearly increased in today's digital society, and this applies directly to Cinia's customers as well," said Taneli Vuorinen, executive vice president at Cinia.

"Our long-term co-operation with Ribbon's IP Optical team (former ECI,) has been successful and by deploying Ribbon's optical transport networking (OTN) solutions into Cinia's backbone network, we've increased our flexibility and offering to respond to market demand."

Cinia will use Ribbon's Apollo 9600 series of optical transport platforms and Apollo 9900 series OTN switching platforms at key nodes for wavelength grooming (the process of grouping many small telecoms flows into larger units) and route protection.

The flexgrid backbone speeds up service provisioning by using colourless, directionless reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexers (ROADMs) to map services onto wavelengths. The solution also transports and monitors alien lambdas, enabling Cinia to offer other carriers transit services with their own wavelengths.

"Cinia offers a very specific set of capabilities to its customers, and seamless transport continuity is paramount," said Steve McCaffery, executive vice president sales of EMEA and APAC at Ribbon.

"Our modular optical networking solution enabled them to upgrade their network capabilities with no interruption while further enhancing the quality of their commercial offering."

In addition, together with Ribbon's TM800E programmable transmission blades, this new platform will enable the transport of 400GbE client connections.

In related news, December saw Ribbon appoint Sean Matthews as its new executive vice president of corporate development and strategy.

Reporting directly to chief executive officer, Bruce McClelland, Matthews will be responsible for leading Ribbon’s business development and strategy activities.