Rogers picks Ribbon for network expansion

28 July 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Rogers Communications is to upgrade its transport network with Ribbon’s optical networking solution.

It makes Rogers one of the first tier-one North American service providers to leverage DWDM 400G ZR+ technology, which supports multiple 400G connections for increased capacity across its national footprint.

“At Rogers, we remain focused on enhancing and expanding our networks to bring our customers the most reliable wireless experience in the country,” said Kye Prigg, SVP of access networks and operations. “Our agreement with Ribbon will help us continue to maximise the efficiency and performance of our network, utilising the latest in software defined network technology to help bolster Canada’s most reliable wireless network.”

The deployment is powered by Ribbon’s Apollo optical networking and MUSE SDN platforms. The MUSE Software Defined Networking (SDN) Domain Orchestrator enables Rogers to design and analyse its optical network deployment, rapidly automate the creation of new services, and ensure the network is optimised, available, and running at peak efficiency.

Ribbon said its solution is designed to provide "unparalleled levels of performance and agility for both metro and long-haul networks".

Sam Bucci, EVP and GM of Ribbon’s IP optical networks business unit, added: “Rogers is demonstrating their foresight, leadership and innovation by being one of the first major service providers in North America to introduce 400G ZR+ technology, which will allow them to modernise their transport network.

“We are delighted that Rogers saw the differentiation in our solutions and entrusted Ribbon with this strategic rollout. Our Optical Transport solution enables Rogers to help future-proof their network and extend their leadership in 5G services deployment across Canada.”