Cyan launches CyAlliance program for wireless backhaul

Cyan has launched CyAlliance, a multi-vendor partnership program delivering compelling, interoperable, and easily supported next-generation solutions to help service providers maximize wireless backhaul opportunities.

FEBRUARY 3, 2010 -- Cyan has launched CyAlliance, a multi-vendor partnership program delivering compelling, interoperable, and easily supported next-generation solutions to help service providers maximize wireless backhaul opportunities.

Wireless backhaul equipment providers, including ANDA Networks, Dragonwave, Hatteras Networks and Overture Networks, have joined CyAlliance, giving wireless backhaul service providers multiple technology choices for robust, scalable access and transport solutions.

CyAlliance provides interoperability assurance through verification testing, rapid problem resolution through pre-defined escalation processes, and collaboration on advanced architectural considerations, such as end-to-end packet synchronization in multi-vendor environments. While CyAlliance’s initial focus is aligned toward wireless backhaul, the program and its partners will expand to focus on a much broader range of evolving services and technologies.

“The industry is entering another era of accelerated technology innovation,” says Frank Wiener, vice president of marketing and business development for Cyan. “While services have switched from TDM to packet, the network and industry standards for packet transport continue to evolve, creating new opportunities and potential multi-vendor challenges for service providers. CyAlliance was established to mitigate those risks and empower service providers to pick best-in-class solutions satisfying their requirements for copper, fiber or microwave based backhaul in combination with scalable packet optical transport.”

Cyan and CyAlliance partners are helping service providers win valued wireless backhaul projects in multiple markets. Cyan’s Z-Series’ scalable packet transport of high growth 3G/4G services with SLA parameters, as well as optional support of 2G/3G TDM-based services using SONET/SDH gives backhaul network providers the flexibility to meet the varying needs of individual wireless service providers.

It’s recognized that wireless networks are experiencing unprecedented growth. What’s less apparent is that the increase in traffic is not driving an equivalent increase in revenue. With declining voice revenues, the modest increases in data revenues often result in flat overall revenues per subscriber. Consequently, wireless providers are seeing the same decrease in revenue per transmitted bit that’s occurring across the wireline industry, says a representative.

The dichotomy of investing in the network to increase scale when the revenue per bit is simultaneously declining is challenging all service providers to find new ways to reduce the cost of transport. Cyan’s Z-Series of multi-layer transport platforms with CyMS, the industry’s first multi-layer management system, reduce capital and operational expenses across metro and regional transport networks. Cyan’s launch of the CyAlliance program is aimed at extending that capital and operational efficiency from the tower to the core.

CyAlliance recognizes the industry trend toward native packet solutions. As wireless network infrastructures migrate to pure packet transport, special considerations must be given to network synchronization and performance. Cyan and CyAlliance partners recognize the importance of pure packet infrastructures and standards for maturing technologies such as Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588v2. Recognizing that customers want end-to-end solutions, CyAlliance ecosystem partners will collaborate to provide best practices guidelines for multi-vendor implementations of these and other relevant industry standards.

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