USCarrier Telecom opts for Ciena gear

JANUARY 29, 2007 -- USCarrier Telecom, LLC has selected Ciena Corp.'s CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for deployment in its southeastern metropolitan and regional networks.

JANUARY 29, 2007 -- USCarrier Telecom, LLC (search for USCarrier) has selected Ciena Corp.'s (search for Ciena) CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for deployment in its southeastern metropolitan and regional networks. The Ciena platform has been deployed to upgrade USCarrier's existing SONET network to support evolving network demands and position the carrier to offer new services.

To better support its customers, USCarrier plans to transition to a converged, multiservice network that allows the company to implement network enhancements and deploy new services without interruption. Ciena's programmable optical port technology -- FlexiPort -- enables USCarrier to deliver SONET, Gigabit Ethernet, and storage services via a single universal line card, instead of requiring multiple service-specific line cards or network devices. This ability brings USCarrier new levels of service flexibility and investment protection, Ciena says.

"In addition to the selection of a future-proof platform, we wanted an experienced partner to help manage and migrate our legacy systems over time without stranding our existing network investments. This was critical to allow us to remain competitive and focus our expenditures on growing the network instead of replacing it. Ciena excelled in its ability to understand and implement a winning strategy for us," said Guy King, director of engineering for USCarrier.

Ciena's Global Network Services (GNS) organization delivered mission-critical deployment services for USCarrier's network. During the upgrade, Ciena's GNS deployment experts integrated the CN 4200 into USCarrier's network and performed a live traffic cut onto the new platform without interrupting service to the carrier or its customers.

"Achieving network and service convergence is not a simple task. If done properly, service providers like USCarrier can harness this as a strategic advantage to differentiate themselves in the market. Migrating to this new architecture will help ensure a solid network foundation to efficiently provide converged, value-added services, while still leveraging investments in legacy technology and service offerings," said Mike Aquino, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Ciena. "By choosing Ciena's CN 4200 -- the flagship product of our FlexSelect Architecture -- USCarrier is ensuring a smooth, cost-effective transition to a next-generation infrastructure."

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