Ciena to acquire Vyatta routing and switching from AT&T

Ciena to acquire Vyatta routing and switching from AT&T

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Ciena has entered into a definitive agreement with AT&T to acquire its Vyatta virtual routing and switching technology, for an undisclosed sum.

The news supports Ciena’s continued investment in its routing and switching strategy to address the growing market opportunity to transform the edge, including 5G networks and cloud environments. Specifically, the routing and switching technologies will help to expand and accelerate Ciena’s Adaptive IP solution.

“The addition of the Vyatta talent and assets to our Routing and Switching business will extend Ciena’s success in helping customers create virtualised networks and deploy new features faster and cost effectively across 5G, enterprise and cloud use cases,” said Scott McFeely (pictured), senior vice president of global products and services at Ciena.

In addition, Ciena will support the Vyatta routing platform in AT&T’s wireless network across multiple 5G use cases, enterprise business services and virtual networks with cloud scalability.

At the same time, Ciena plans to integrate the team of engineering specialists into its routing and switching research and development business.

“This agreement is a sign of the maturity of the ecosystem and encompasses years of innovation, collaboration and expertise,” said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer of network services at AT&T.

“Our acquisition of the Vyatta assets in 2017 helped us virtualise 75% of our network and led to the development of the first telco grade open-source network operating system. We’re looking forward to the continued use of Vyatta and the development of new use cases as a result of this transaction.”

The transaction which includes Vyatta talent and certain intellectual property, is due to close by the end of 2021.

In related news, August saw Djibouti Telecom expand the capacity of the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) network using Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine networking technology.

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