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Openreach deploys Ciena technology to boost connectivity services

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Openreach is deploying Ciena’s Routing & Switching and WaveLogic solutions to increase network capacity and improve network performance for its customers.

The company is also using Ciena’s managed services, which support the end-to-end network deployment, service rollout, as well as ongoing management and technical support.

 “Our customers require agile networks and customisable solutions to meet demand and manage costs,” said Peter Bell, director of network technology at Openreach.

“Ciena’s solutions make it possible for us to deliver faster, more agile, resilient services for our customers in a shorter timeframe – and will help us meet increasing bandwidth needs aligned with our recently-announced plans to expand our FTTP footprint to 25 million premises by 2026.”

Using Ciena’s Routing & Switching family of products Openreach can deliver OSEA Filter Connect Lite, a hub-and-spoke based solution that provides multiple 10GbE/100GbE links into a low-power, small footprint aggregation point at key network locations.

As a result, Openreach customers can scale the offering to expand capacity and incorporate future network features.

Additionally, Openreach’s OSEA 6500 MUX product, which is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent optical technology, offers high-bandwidth wavelength connectivity that can scale from 100Gbps to a maximum capacity of 400Gbps per card over a single optical wavelength.

“Digital transformation was already underway, but years of progress have taken place in months as a result of the recent dramatic rise in remote work and learning,” said Jamie Jefferies, vice president and general manager, international at Ciena.

“By adding adaptability and scalability to its offerings, Openreach is helping its customers meet the increased demand for improved digital connectivity with high-bandwidth 400G services to carrier and content provider customers across the UK.”

All these network solutions will be maintained by Ciena, as part of its managed services offering, to help Openreach customers roll out new connectivity solutions for enterprise customers quickly and efficiently.

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