UK operator Vaioni taps Ciena for Carrier Ethernet upgrade

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Ethernet aggregator Vaioni has selected equipment from its Carrier Ethernet portfolio to bring enhanced Ethernet service offerings to enterprises, carriers, and cloud providers.

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Ethernet aggregator Vaioni has selected equipment from its Carrier Ethernet portfolio to bring enhanced Ethernet service offerings to enterprises, carriers, and cloud providers. Vaioni is an independent provider of next-generation Ethernet services, VPLS, and private WAN services across the UK.

Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio has been rolled out across Vaioni’s UK network infrastructure, enabling the operator to extend the reach of its core network connectivity in its home market, deliver a full suite of next-generation Ethernet services, and maximize service availability while reducing the cost and complexity of turning up new services.

After a detailed analysis and evaluation, Vaioni has chosen to standardize on Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery portfolio for all network infrastructure equipment across its UK network, Ciena asserts. The deployment of Ciena CESD equipment is now complete - including a 100% swap of old equipment.

Vaioni selected Ciena’s 3916, 3920, and 3930 Service Delivery Switches, as well as its 5150 Service Aggregation Switch, to build a next-generation Ethernet access and aggregation architecture capable of delivering a full suite of Ethernet services (E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree) to the wholesale carrier and enterprise markets.

The 3916 and 3920 platforms serve as customer demarcation devices, ensuring quality of service (QoS) required to correctly handle multiple customer applications.

Ciena’s 3930 and 5150 platforms are being used to deploy 10-Gbps fiber-optic rings in key metro areas across the UK. The platforms use G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection Switching to maximize service availability on the network.

"As our business grows and our customers demand faster and more effective service turn-up than ever before, the low-touch provisioning model of Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet platforms allows us to accelerate deployment times and significantly lower the cost of bringing new customers onto our network," said Sachin Vaish, managing director at Vaioni. "Coupled with the reliability and scalability inherent in Ciena’s portfolio, these benefits are key in enabling us to offer industry-leading service-level agreements to our demanding customers and thrive in an increasingly competitive market. We will be the only UK operator to offer a full Carrier Ethernet proposition coupled with complete autonomy from Telecoms Carriers."

For more information on Carrier Ethernet equipment and suppliers, visit the Lightwave Buyer’s Guide.

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