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Comcast Cable selects Ciena's 100G optical technology
[January 21, 2013]

Comcast Cable selects Ciena's 100G optical technology

Jan 21, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Ciena Corporation, a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services, has announced that Comcast Cable has selected Ciena's next-generation 100G optical technology for its core network.

Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with third generation WaveLogic coherent optical line interfaces the industry's first software-programmable coherent technology that scales to 400G gives service providers like Comcast a scalable way to further enhance their networks while supporting continued broadband growth.

This deployment will help Comcast to continue satisfying growing customer demand for high-speed, high-capacity services and applications, such as HD video, mobile data and cloud computing. It also will help Comcast easily evolve its network and create energy efficiencies by reducing the number of network components, including optical regenerators required in its network.


"Adding Ciena's WaveLogic 3 to our already installed 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms lets us leverage that investment to deliver more content, faster Internet speeds and enable new cloud-based applications for our customers, while also providing future core 400G scalability," said Kevin McElearney, senior vice president, Network Engineering, at Comcast Cable.

"As we scale beyond our 100G network, Ciena's coherent optical technology will help us to deliver on our ongoing commitment to maintain and operate a high-performance, feature-rich advanced network." Ciena's coherent optical technology, a critical component of the company's OPn architecture, gives service providers advanced signal regeneration capabilities and is programmable for capacity, reach and latency.

Ciena is also providing Comcast with network management system capabilities and a range of professional services via its Ciena Specialist Services portfolio, including furnishing and installation.

Ciena and Comcast have a long-standing relationship. Comcast has been deploying Ciena's coherent 40G and 100G technologies across its national fiber network since 2009. More recently, Comcast deployed Ciena's packet networking solutions to support its Metro Ethernet services offering. In addition, Comcast Business Class, a division of Comcast Cable, is a Managed Service Provider partner in Ciena's BizConnect partner program.

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