Ciena upgrades portfolio in preparation for 5G

Rob Powell / Telecom Ramblings
15 Feb 2018
Daily News

Ciena yesterday unvelied new capabilities within its networking portfolio. It's part of an effort to better serve the growing needs of 4G networks and to prepare for the stresses of 5G.

While 5G won't get here soon enough to satisfy the hype any more than any other new technology does, it will get here eventually. And when it does, the demands made of fiber networks are destined to change in response.

All vendors are therefore trying to get ahead of the curve and put the necessary tools in the hands of network operators now, so we are going to be seeing a lot of this sort of thing.

As you would expect, Ciena's upgrade takes aim at the twin pillars of scale and automation. They are adding better deterministic packet capabilities, new IP functionality, and programmable network slicing to the company's converged packet optical and packet networking families.

Additionally, they are adding more orchestration and analytics from their Blue Planet software and marshalling additional professional services to the mix as well.

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Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.

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