GTS CE selects Ciena CN 4200 FlexSelect for network upgrade

ARCH 15, 2010 -- Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that GTS Telecom, a Romanian service provider and part of GTS Central Europe (GTS CE), is enhancing its network with the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family to address rising demand for capacity and new services, including 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE).

MARCH 15, 2010 -- Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that GTS Telecom, a Romanian service provider and part of GTS Central Europe (GTS CE), is enhancing its network with the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family to address rising demand for capacity and new services, including 10-Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE).

GTS CE has regional infrastructure in its primary countries of operation, which include the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Romania, and serves a large number of fully integrated national and metropolitan area networks across those geographies. The operator provides high-bandwidth data, Ethernet, IP/MPLS, and data center services to business customers, as well as services to other carriers, mobile operators, and providers of content, applications and Internet services.

GTS CE in Romania found its legacy 2.5-Gbps DWDM optical transport network insufficient to support its rapidly expanding international customer base, says Ciena. After considering a potentially challenging and troublesome network-wide upgrade, the service provider decided to replace its existing infrastructure with a next-generation DWDM architecture.

GTS CE selected Ciena’s CN 4200 Advanced Services Platform family for deployment across 14 locations in Romania for 10-Gbps optical transport, the systems vendors says. GTS CE deployed the CN 4200 to create a fully redundant ring-based network with the optical flexibility of reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology. The carrier also deployed the CN 4200 in a configuration with packet optical transport capabilities, giving it the ability to offer advanced Layer 2 Ethernet services from 10/100 Mbps to 10 Gbps alongside traditional optical services.

“With Ciena’s CN 4200 platform, I’m confident that we operate one of the most flexible and scalable networks in Europe, capable of supporting an array of services, including TDM and Ethernet, leased bandwidth, data center connectivity, and video signal distribution,” said Ignacio Irurita, Chief Technology Officer of GTS Central Europe. “The cooperation with Ciena has been instrumental in transforming our network in Romania to a next-generation, resilient infrastructure that enables us to deliver enhanced services to our customers.”

GTS Telecom is the third subsidiary of GTS Central Europe to become a Ciena customer, following network build-outs in Poland and Czech Republic, both announced in 2009.

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