XO Communications chooses Ciena for digital video transport nationwide

Having tapped Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) as one provider of 100-Gbps optical transport technology, XO Communications will again turn to systems house to help create traffic for its high-speed backbone. The two companies say that Ciena will supply its Digital Video Transport platforms to enable XO to deliver native digital video transport services to media and entertainment customers.

Having tapped Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) as one provider of 100-Gbps optical transport technology (see "XO Communications adds Ciena to 100-Gbps roster"), XO Communications will again turn to the systems house to help create traffic for its high-speed backbone. The two companies say that Ciena will supply its Digital Video Transport platforms to enable XO to deliver native digital video transport services to media and entertainment customers.

With high-definition content on the rise, there’s a growing demand to transport video in both compressed and uncompressed forms between studios, venues, production houses, and the video head end or satellite distribution point. This is particularly true with the increasing use of file-based workflows in the contribution environment, which has created a requirement to combine real-time (uncompressed) and file-based connectivity over a common network and dynamically allocate bandwidth between applications.

The new capabilities will enable XO to do just that, the two companies say. Use of the Ciena digital video transport technology, including the 565 Advanced Services Platform will support XO’s ability to allow broadcasters, content producers, and other media and entertainment customers to cost-effectively transport real-time, uncompressed video across the XO network at 100 Gbps. The 565 Advanced Services Platform is a metro WDM system designed to enable a variety of data, storage, and video services to be cost-efficiently aggregated onto an optical wavelength-based network or service. Ciena’s offering also includes video diagnostic tools to simplify testing and troubleshooting for motion picture and television pre- and post-production, and live broadcast television content contribution.

“With the rising adoption of HD video, the connectivity needs of the media and entertainment companies have grown exponentially, and as a result video must be delivered faster and more efficiently while maintaining the highest quality possible,” explains Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer at XO Communications. “Our coast-to-coast 100 Gbps nationwide network coupled with Ciena’s Digital Video Transport solution allows us to deliver uncompressed digital video in its native format at extremely high speeds and helps the media and entertainment industry more efficiently transport and manage video content while helping keep costs down.”

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