Optical Network Vendor of the Year: Ciena

Staff Writer
21 Dec 2010

Video, whether it is HD, 3D or teleconferencing, and mobile broadband are dramatic consumers of bandwidth. That capacity growth is causing network costs to grow faster than revenue, and operators need to revaluate their infrastructures to improve their cost model, said Anthony McLachlan, VP and GM for Asia-Pacific at Ciena.

The evolution of wireless networks is an important driver for Ciena, he said, as 3G and LTE/4G are putting strain on backhaul infrastructures. "In addition, cloud computing and IT consolidation are spurring demand for international capacity, and therefore submarine cable upgrades and builds are required - a key focus for our business."

The shift to 40G and ultimately 100G is well underway, and the company is seeing the emergence of technologies such as OTN and Ethernet drive network efficiency.

"These trends play to our strengths and we believe that bodes well for us in 2011."

Ciena, a leader in high-capacity networking, has deep experience in intelligent switching and the control plane for restoration and automation, he noted. "We're driving the convergence of packet and optical networks and services perhaps faster than any other network supplier."



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