Etisalat deploys Ciena for 40G backbone network

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Middle East telecommunications operator Etisalat Group has deployed Ciena’s ActivSpan 4200 Advanced Services Platform (formely known as the CN 4200 FlexSelect) for a major upgrade of its transport optical network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Middle East telecommunications operator Etisalat Group has deployed Ciena’s ActivSpan 4200 Advanced Services Platform (formerly known as the CN 4200 FlexSelect) for a major upgrade of its transport optical network in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new network provides Etisalat with a 40-Gbps national backbone, carrying packet/IP core traffic across more than 40 locations in the UAE.

Headquartered in the UAE, where mobile penetration has reached 200 percent, Etisalat is one of the largest telecommunications companies worldwide. Having transitioned all of its network traffic to packet/IP, Etisalat was faced with capacity constraints. To address this, Etisalat decided to build a new transport network to support its mobile arm as well as its business IP services, residential triple-play services, and wireless backhaul traffic.

Following what Ciena termed “a highly competitive selection process,” Etisalat chose Ciena’s ActivSpan 4200 platform. Using a 1.6-Tbps system running on a single fiber pair, the ActivSpan 4200-based network is managed by Ciena’s ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite.

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