Windstream selects Ciena to enhance carrier Ethernet services delivery

18 April 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Windstream is expanding its Ethernet portfolio to support the launch of 100GbE services in combination with improved network capabilities for 10GbE aggregation.

Ciena’s 5170 service aggregation platform was chosen by Ciena to support both applications, offering optimal density and extensive range.

“We’re pleased to be working with Ciena to address customers’ increasing need for high-bandwidth services with improved performance,” said Buddy Bayer, chief network officer for Windstream. “Moreover, the smaller footprint and power efficiency of the 5170 means network operators can add capacity and elevate customers to the next increments of Ethernet service bandwidth up to 100GbE, while keeping the footprint and costs in check.”

As data centre and end-user applications continue to grow, bandwidth demand continues to multiply. In response, the new platform will enable enhanced areas of business in wholesale, enterprise, carrier Ethernet access, and fibre-to-the tower mobile back-haul services to support bandwidth upgrades.

“Ciena recognises that today’s network operators face substantial challenges to deliver increased capacity, keep CAPEX costs down and accelerate the deployment of new services to keep up with demand,” said Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Ciena. “Windstream’s selection recognises that solutions like the 5170 service aggregation platform are designed to support their advanced carrier Ethernet feature sets, automation, advanced SLA monitoring and big data needs to enable their near- and long-term success.”

In addition, Windstream offers a range of complementary network and communications solutions to business and enterprise customers including, wavelength services, cloud connect, fixed wireless, managed network security and SD-WAN that are collectively designed to help customers increase productivity, improve ROI and win.

Earlier this month, Windstream Enterprise introduced a suite of local area network (LAN) services designed to enhance customer experience, improve employee productivity and gather analytics for rich business intelligence. The new offering comes with the added convenience of working with a single provider to reduce complexity and strain in IT resources.