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PLDT and Ciena Team Up

July 30, 2012

PLDT and Ciena Team Up

By Katie Gatto
TMCnet Contributor

When it comes to Internet access many people seem to be ravenous consumers. They want more bandwidth to spread across their multiple devices in the home. They want shorter download times for even the longest movie files. They want content to load faster than it did last year. What they don't want is to have to pay more for it and they don't, for the most part, seem to want to know how it works. That leaves many providers scrambling to do more with less at roughly the same price, all over the world.

One company, PLDT (News - Alert), is hoping that its solution will come in the form of an advantageous pairing. PLDT, a notable telecom company in the Philippines, is going to be teaming up with the folks over at the Ciena Corporation in order to deploy some new technology that is designed in increase speeds and decrease costs at the same time.

Wondering how they are going to do that? Well, with the help of what is called a Domestic Fiber Optic Network. The system will bring PLDT a new 100 Gigabits per second network that uses Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching solutions. The switchers are where the cost savings will come in. The optical technology needs a smaller number of network regenerators than traditional options and this will decrease the company's costs, after the initial outlay that is.

“As the first 100G network in the Philippines, this deployment will add significant bandwidth scalability, reliability and intelligence to PLDT’s network infrastructure. The network upgrade will complete PLDT’s core network modernization program and support the delivery of next-generation services to customers such as fiber-to-the-home, fiber-to-the-building, LTE (News - Alert)/4G, IPTV and triple-play services,” PLDT president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno said in a press release, “As the largest service provider in the Philippines, it is critical that we invest in proven, industry-leading infrastructure that ensures long-term customer satisfaction,” he added. “This reliable infrastructure will not only benefit the customers of PLDT but also the subscribers of our cellular subsidiaries, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.”

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Edited by Rachel Ramsey
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