Ciena nabs extra piece of BT 21CN

DECEMBER 13, 2007 -- Ciena Corp. says that BT has selected its CN 3000 Ethernet Access Series as one of its preferred network termination equipment (NTE) platforms for its 21st Century Network (21CN).

DECEMBER 13, 2007 -- Ciena Corp. (search for Ciena) says that BT (search for BT) has selected its CN 3000 Ethernet Access Series as one of its preferred network termination equipment (NTE) platforms for its 21st Century Network (21CN). Ciena already supplies optical Ethernet transport and switching equipment for the 21CN transmission domain.

Once deployed, Ciena's CN 3000 Series will enable BT's lines of business to offer consistent and uniform Carrier Ethernet business services across the 21CN to enterprise and wholesale customers in a cost-effective manner while ensuring the service-level agreements (SLAs) are met, according to the company.

"Carrier-grade Ethernet is a fundamental technology component of our global and world-leading 21CN transformation program. The advanced features of Ciena's CN 3000 product range will greatly enhance our delivery of high-speed, highly resilient, and flexible services to meet all our customers' future requirements," commented George Nazi, BT's managing director of 21CN design and delivery.

Part of Ciena's FlexSelect Architecture, the CN 3000 Series comprises a range of copper and fiber-based NTE platforms and complementary NTE aggregators compliant with Metro Ethernet Forum specifications. It includes both carrier-to-carrier network demarcation devices as well as customer-located Ethernet access devices, designed to allow service providers to extend homogeneous coverage of managed Ethernet services.

The contract with BT for the CN 3000 Series includes products through Ciena's OEM agreement with ANDA Networks, Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based, carrier-class Ethernet access equipment provider. The combination of ANDA's MEF-9 and MEF-14 certified fiber and copper Ethernet platforms and Ciena's ON-Center Network and Services Management Suite, will provide BT with reliable, integrated management capabilities to enable full, carrier-grade Ethernet access deployment, Ciena adds.

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