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Ritter Communications deploys Ciena's new packet networking solutions
[October 07, 2013]

Ritter Communications deploys Ciena's new packet networking solutions

Oct 07, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) -- Ciena Corporation, a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services, has announced that Ritter Communications, a communications services provider, will deploy Ciena's new packet networking solutions to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, or GbE, wholesale transport and internet services as well as mobile backhaul requirements for Tier 1 mobile operators.

With Ciena's 5160 Service Aggregation Switch (SAS) Ritter will be able to deliver premium Ethernet and wireless backhaul services across Arkansas and Tennessee at a 50 percent reduction in aggregation cost per 10GbE port compared to similar solutions available on the market today.

Ritter will deploy Ciena's 5160 SAS, which features industry-leading 10GbE density with 24 ports in a compact, single rack unit (1RU) form factor, which significantly reduces the amount of equipment Ritter would otherwise have to install and manage.

The 5160 also supports a wide range of robust and field-proven packet features, including wire-speed L2 switching with 240 Gigabit per second (Gbps) fabric and MPLS OAM support service activation testing at line rate, giving Ritter the ability to offer 10GbE service delivery and aggregation and the flexibility to meet customers varied business service and backhaul requirements.

Ritter will also deploy Ciena's new 5142 SAS, a flexible, compact edge platform that provides efficient 1GbE to 10GbE aggregation density in a 1RU, fixed chassis configuration. The new 5160 and 5142 also provide Ritter with 10GbE service activation testing, extended temperature range support, full synchronization support, and greatly reduced power and space footprint - all critical aspects of improving customer satisfaction and overall deployment lifecycle costs.

Leveraging Ciena's OPn network architecture approach, the 5160 and 5142 leverage the same field-proven, full-featured Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) for simplified integration across Ciena's portfolio. Earlier this year, Ritter deployed Ciena's 5150 SAS, 3930 Service Delivery Switch and 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors to support the expansion of its regional fiber optic network.

Ritter will also leverage Ciena's OneControl Unified Management System to improve operational efficiency and seamlessly manage its entire portfolio of Ciena solutions- from edge to core - to quickly address new demand for Ethernet services and connectivity and provide Service Level Agreement (SLA) insights. Ciena will also provide project consulting via Ciena's Specialist Services portfolio.

Chad Whalen, vice president and general manager, North America field operations, Ciena, said: "Ritter is highly attuned to its customers' needs, and is making strategic investments in its network to ensure that it can meet the unrelenting demand for Ethernet services from both business and mobile operators. Our new 10GbE packet networking solutions are ideal for companies like Ritter that recognize the value of the network - and its underlying infrastructure - in ensuring the success and longevity of their business and we are pleased that they continue to seek our partnership." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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