Conterra Networks expands use of Ciena optical transport, packet switching platforms

Conterra Ultra Broadband Holdings, Inc. (also known as Conterra Networks), which is rapidly expanding its footprint via acquisition, has elected to install additional optical transport systems and software from Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) on that footprint, according to the technology provider. Conterra Networks has chosen Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform as its core switch and is now expanding its deployment of Ciena’s 5170 Service Aggregation Switch, Ciena says.

Feb 18th, 2019

ConterraUltra Broadband Holdings, Inc. (also known as Conterra Networks), which is rapidly expanding its footprint via acquisition, has elected to install additional optical transport systems and software from Ciena(NYSE: CIEN) on that footprint, according to the technology provider. Conterra Networks has chosen Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform as its core switch and is now expanding its deployment of Ciena’s 5170 Service Aggregation Switch, Ciena says.

Conterra, majority owned by private investment firm Court Square Capital, has ridden a series of recent acquisitions to create a 22-state footprint in which it supplies services to enterprise, government and wholesale carriers (see “Conterra expands fiber footprint with Network USA and Sun America acquisition” and “Conterra expands fiber footprint with Network USA and Sun America acquisition”). Ciena says that deployment of the 5170 Service Aggregation Switch will enable Conterra to expand its offering of MEF-compatible services, such as E-Line and E-LAN. Meanwhile, use of Ciena’s network management software will provide end-to-end visibility of services across all transport, switching, and packet network elements while speeding service deployment and improving asset optimization.

“We’ve made significant investments in our fiber-optic network to deliver advanced communication services to businesses, carrier, and education organizations,” said Craig Gunderson, president and COO of Conterra Networks. “Ciena’s innovative packet-optical and intelligent software solutions will be instrumental to our success and support our strong business growth.”

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