In It for the Long Haul, Ribbon Upgrades Cinia's Network Covering Finland and Northern Europe

By Matthew Vulpis, Content Contributor  |  March 18, 2021

Aiming for fast, resilient, high-capacity service capabilities, Cinia, a provider of secure high-availability data network, cybersecurity, and software solutions (with a fiber-optic network of approximately 10,000 miles) upped its game in the digital transformation space with an upgrade to its backbone transport network in Finland and Northern Europe.

Real-Time Communications (RTC) and Digital Service Providers (DSPs) are increasingly challenged to address the massive growth of digital traffic driven by mobile applications, multimedia services, VoIP, social media, and cloud computing.  The performance enhancements delivered by 5G are supporting the expansion of automated systems, industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and general IoT solutions.

Real-time gaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, and other advanced services, including the evolution of smart cities and regions, autonomous vehicles, and more, will drive the need for 5G, especially for mobile computing.

Tapping technologies including transport and switching platforms from Ribbon Communications (News - Alert), the service provider is leveraging Ribbon’s Apollo 9600 series of optical transport platforms and Apollo 9900 series OTN switching at critical nodes for wavelength grooming and route protection. The flexgrid backbone accelerates service provisioning by using colorless, directionless ROADMs (Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers) to map services onto wavelengths.

The solution also transports and monitors alien lambdas, enabling Cinia to offer other carriers transit services with their own wavelengths.

“The importance of connectivity platforms including transport networks has clearly increased in today’s digital society, and this applies directly to Cinia’s customers as well,” said Taneli Vuorinen, Executive Vice President from Cinia. “Our long-term co-operation with Ribbon’s IP Optical team (former ECI) has been successful, and by deploying Ribbon’s optical transport networking (OTN) solutions into Cinia’s backbone network, we’ve increased our flexibility and offering to respond to market demand.”

“Cinia offers a very specific set of capabilities to its customers, and seamless transport continuity is paramount,” said Steve McCaffery, Ribbon’s Executive Vice President Sales of EMEA and APAC. “Our modular optical networking solution enabled them to upgrade their network capabilities with no interruption while further enhancing the quality of their commercial offering.”

Additionally, the deployed platform with Ribbon’s TM800E programmable transmission blades enables transport of 400GbE client connections, adding the latest generation of high-speed service functionality while maintaining network efficiency.

According to a Modor Intelligence report recently published, the Optical Wavelength Services Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.5% from 2021 to 2026. Optical Wavelength Services (OWS) are fiber networking solutions that give customers with dedicated broadband, framing-independent transport networks.

Modor says, “The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) and developing automation trends have exponentially enhanced data traffic, whereby creating expanded bandwidth demands for large companies and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) acknowledging the need for OWS.”

According to Cisco Systems (News - Alert) Inc., the average smartphone will produce 11 GB data traffic per month by 2022, which is more than a four-and-a-half-fold jump over the 2017 average of 2 GB data per month. The rise in mobile traffic will generate a massive opportunity for the optical transport network market.

Optical Transport Network (OTN) interface technology, Modor says, is poised to record the highest growth during the forecast period. With the advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communications, a substantial amount of data is expected to be generated.

Modor also indicated “OTN gives numerous benefits over traditional WDM transponder-based networks, including reliability, improved efficiency, and protected wavelength-based private services. Furthermore, OTN switches at fiber junctions facilitate the optimal use of the optical spectrum.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle