Windstream says it plans to use Ciena’s (NYSE:CIEN) 5170 Service Aggregation Platform to support the launch of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services as well as expand its 10GbE aggregation capabilities. The service provider expects the network enhancement will improve its ability to deliver wholesale, enterprise, Carrier Ethernet access, and fiber-to-the tower mobile backhaul offerings that meet its customers’ expanding requirements.
“We’re pleased to be working with Ciena to address customers’ increasing need for high-bandwidth services with improved performance,” said Buddy Bayer, chief network officer for Windstream. “Moreover, the smaller footprint and power efficiency of the 5170 means network operators can add capacity and elevate customers to the next increments of Ethernet service bandwidth up to 100GbE, while keeping the footprint and costs in check.”
Windstream will use the expanded capacity and network automation capabilities the 5170 Service Aggregation Platform will provide to deliver a wide range of services. These include MEF 2.0 Certified Ethernet, Wavelength Services, Cloud Connect, fixed wireless, Managed Network Security and SD-WAN (see, for example, “Windstream Enterprise adds SD-WAN Cloud Connect to SD-WAN offerings” and "Windstream automates wavelength service provisioning"). The company continues to offer services as it works through a recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing (see “Windstream Holdings files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, pledges to continue operations”).
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