Ciena Wins Consolidated Communications, Lightstorm Deals

January 14, 2021

Consolidated Communications is working with Ciena to upgrade its wireline network to support new and emerging 5G services and applications. Leveraging Ciena’s Adaptive IP™ solution, Consolidated Communications will address the critical need for better, more reliable connectivity as its customers shift to a more virtual environment.

Tom White, Chief Technology Officer, Consolidated Communications  said, “Anticipating the impact 5G will have on our lives, Consolidated is preparing our network to handle the next-generation of connectivity. Working with Ciena allows us to incorporate automation and analytics capabilities into our network so we can deliver the 5G services our customers are demanding.”

Bruce Hembree, Vice President and General Manager of Sales in the Americas, Ciena added, “As Consolidated Communications navigates the journey to 5G, they need a network that can adapt to fluctuating bandwidth demands and handle advanced services and applications critical to our digital lifestyle. With Ciena’s automated, open and lean Adaptive IP solutions, we’re helping to reduce network complexity and create a superior experience.”

Key Facts:

Consolidated Communications is a leading fiber provider in the U.S. and delivers innovative broadband and business communications solutions to consumer, commercial and carrier customers across a 23-state service area. Leveraging an advanced fiber network spanning 46,300 miles, Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of solutions, including high-speed Internet, data, phone, security, cloud and managed services.

The Ciena partnership enables Consolidated to utilize its next-generation network to present new FlexEthernet-based slicing options with unprecedented performance. This allows the Consolidated network to act as a managed service provider to carrier customers using the network. Consolidated provides all the infrastructure a carrier needs without having to provide for the gear itself, allowing speed-to-market options in areas that wireless carriers find hard to reach, along with operational expense savings over the life of the implementation.

Consolidated will leverage Ciena’s Adaptive IPTM solutions including the 5164, 5166 and 5170 Routers, along with the 8180 Coherent Networking Platform, to provide standards-based IP connectivity and network slicing that is both open and optimized for 5G xHaul connectivity.

Ciena’s Adaptive IP solution will also provide Consolidated Communications with next generation network automation and control by leveraging Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, the multi-vendor Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) and Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) software. These capabilities will enable Consolidated Communications to make more informed decisions based on data-driven analytics to plan and activate network applications faster, while also making it easier to troubleshoot and resolve IP service issues.

Also, Lightstorm Telecom Ventures (LTV), an independent and carrier-neutral infrastructure provider in India, has deployed Ciena’s coherent optics, network management and advanced automation software to serve the country’s OTT, data center and cloud providers.

This deployment will transform LTV’s metro and long-distance network to support the delivery of low latency and high-capacity digital services. LTV’s network covers more than 10,000 kilometers and 60 data centers in five cities, including Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad, as well as strategic subsea cable landing stations providing high-capacity connectivity to Mumbai and Chennai.

“Investing in networking solutions and software from Ciena equips our customers with unmatched speeds and programmable network capabilities,” said Amajit Gupta, chief executive officer, LTV. “Together with Ciena, we’re helping to further establish India as a hub for international connectivity.”

With Ciena’s portfolio of hardware, software and services, LTV will provide an intelligent and reliable network that can adapt and respond quickly to rapidly changing user requirements. Deploying 600-800 Gbps per wavelength delivers increased capacity to support high-bandwidth content, and a software-driven flexible photonic architecture accelerates service velocity and maximizes the potential of new services.

“Bringing new digital services to India requires an intelligently automated network that can dynamically adapt and scale,” said Ryan Perera, vice president and country head, Ciena India. “With an upgraded network, LTV makes Digital India a reality and fuels the next wave of telecom growth.”

LTV is using Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform with Layer 0 control plane, WaveLogic 5 Extreme, Waveserver Ai, Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), and Services as well as Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO).

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