Telecom Egypt selects Ciena to upgrade network

18 October 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Telecom Egypt is to upgrade its national terrestrial network and submarine links between the Mediterranean and Asia by deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh platforms.

Telecom Egypt’s wholesale carrier, service provider, internet content provider and consortium customers will be able to provide more diverse data transit routes for international data centre interconnect (DCI), disaster recovery, cloud-based services, and other high-capacity services for enterprise and consumer end-customers.

“Ciena’s technology and mesh network give us a real advantage, ensuring greater reliability and efficiencies,” said Tamer Gadalla, managing director & chief executive officer of Telecom Egypt.

“With Ciena enabling more granular high-bandwidth services our customers can evolve their networks and transition to a much wider suite of resilient, scalable connectivity options. Telecom Egypt is also ready to embrace upcoming technologies, like network functions virtualisation (NFV).”

Ciena’s 6500 and 5430 packet-optical platforms enables the operator to offer a mix of services over high-capacity wavelengths; supporting any type of traffic, including fully transparent optical transport networks (OTN), virtual private networks (VPN), optical VPN and Ethernet services, all with stringent SLAs. It also allows Telecom Egypt to proactively resolve unexpected hardware and fibre route failures and maintain network reliability.

Gary Smith, president & chief executive officer of Ciena, added: “Telecom Egypt truly sits at the heart of the African and Middle Eastern telecommunications markets. With Ciena’s industry-leading submarine solutions, Telecom Egypt is making the most of its unique geographical position and strategic network assets, enhancing both reliability and the end-user experience. Cost-effective, scalable and competitive connectivity also enables Telecom Egypt to launch new, next-generation data services across this critical route.”