Ciena creates 100G/OTN network for Italy’s Retelit

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Retelit SpA, an Italian provider of data services and infrastructure, has deployed Ciena’s converged packet optical transport systems to modernize its network and improve efficiency, latency, and scalability.

Sep 3rd, 2013

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says that Retelit SpA, an Italian provider of data services and infrastructure, has deployed Ciena’s converged packet optical transport systems to modernize its network and improve efficiency, latency, and scalability.

By upgrading heavily used backbone routes and eight metropolitan networks in major Italian cities, Retelit can now offer a range of new services and support key applications like high-frequency trading, e-healthcare, and replication of real-time data. Scalable to 100G per wavelength, Retelit’s network now has the capacity to provide its wholesale, enterprise, and public sector users with the increased network capacity and flexibility needed to meet subscribers’ needs.

Powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with third-generation WaveLogic coherent optical processors and integrated packet switching and traffic management alongside Optical Transport Network (OTN) transport, Retelit will be able to tailor service-level agreements to meet each customer’s specific requirements. With the improved efficiencies of the new network, Retelit will be able to expand to reach more customers and offer data transport speeds up to 10 times faster than what is available on the network today, Ciena asserts.

Retelit is also using Ciena’s One Control Unified Management System to provide unified management, visualization, and end-to-end control of the network. This will allow Retelit to rapidly deploy new service offerings and coordinate across network protocol layers to ensure efficient use of critical network assets and bandwidth optimization, Ciena adds.

“Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions will enable us to reduce the complexities in our network, while exponentially increasing the capacity to meet the growing market demand caused by the dramatically rising use of high-capacity broadband services and technologies. We selected Ciena because of its proven track record and expertise in equipping service providers to modernize their networks and accommodate user’s demands for high-bandwidth services and applications like high-frequency trading and e-healthcare applications,” said Enrico Mondo, general manager at Retelit.

The initial phase of the project, upgrading the backbone from Milan to Rome, is expected to be implemented by the end of October; the remaining network upgrades will be completed in future phases.

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