The newly combined product and service portfolio offers best-of-breed solutions focused on converged optical Ethernet to accelerate the transition to next-generation infrastructures, uniting the companies’ expertise in optical and carrier Ethernet technologies with industry-leading control plane and management software.
Mashood Ahmad, Regional MD Middle East at Ciena, said completing the transaction that brings Nortel MEN into Ciena significantly changes the communications equipment vendor landscape. “Ciena now has the focus, technology tool kit and global scale to deliver the solutions that change the way next-generation networks are built – a key component of which is our converged optical Ethernet solution set,” Ahmad said.
Network operators of all kinds are challenged to handle constantly evolving demands on the network from trends like cloud computing, virtualisation and advanced voice, video and data services.
In addition, the move to WiMAX and LTE standards in mobile broadband, and the need for capacity and survivability in undersea deployments, are putting increased pressure on service providers for more reliable and efficient wireless backhaul and submarine networks.
“Ciena has moved quickly to logically combine its product lines with those of Nortel MEN,” said Dana Cooperson, VP, Network Infrastructure, Ovum. “This will bring welcome reassurance to its combined customer base. Its strengthened focus on converged optical Ethernet combines the best of both organisations to attack its customers’ growing scale and efficiency challenges.”
Ciena Corporation, a network specialist has announced the direction of its portfolio of network infrastructure and service delivery solutions following the completion of its acquisition of the optical networking and carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel.