Building digital nations where connectivity isn’t as advanced as other parts of the globe is a common goal for tech companies. This movement aims to connect billions of people around the world, and Ciena is bidding to support the service providers of India through the country’s Smart City Initiative. By helping to meet the data needs of users and devices, Ciena’s packet optical, networking, and software solutions are laying the foundation for robust communications across the country.
“With millions of connected devices and systems exchanging information in real time, communications infrastructure is going to be under huge pressure. Globally LTE (News - Alert) has emerged as the preferred communication medium because of high bandwidth capability and its ability to integrate more services in single device,” said Ciena's India Country Manager, Ryan Perera in an interview with ETT Telecom.
India remains the fastest growing telecommunications market globally, and market penetration has increased to 75 telephone connections per 100 people according to Thomas White International.
For Ciena, while the prospect is promising, current bids are still in negotiations. It is unknown at this time how many states the company is engaging with.
India’s broadband subscriber base – both wireless and wireline users – have crossed the 100-million mark in 2015, riding on the rise in usage of data services. The broadband subscriber base has been growing at an average of 2 per cent per month, according to industry sources. Meeting these needs is critical, and Ciena is up at bat.
“India is recording high growth of Internet users. There were 350 million Internet users by the end of 2015 and this number is expected to grow to 500 million by 2017, according to the recent IAMAI report. Further, the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem is likely to grow at CAGR of over 28 percent in five-year period of 2015-2020, as per India Internet of Things Market Forecast and Opportunities report. This growth means that service providers should work towards an agile network to support high bandwidth data services as well as growth in M2M communications,” said Perera.
The dynamics of the Indian communications industry are changing rapidly, with the growth of data services becoming the next big thing. The supply-side landscape is set to change as new players and technologies enter the market, and Ciena is a key competitor with its SDN and NFC technologies.
“Ciena's packet optical, networking and software solutions will help India's service providers to provide robust communication backbones for various 'Smart City' projects in India,” said Perera.
A number of stakeholders are part of the developing broadband market in India, but each faces a unique set of challenges that need to be addressed in order to build medium- to long-term strategic plans. Continue to watch this space for news as it happens with Ciena’s participation in the broadband efforts in and around India.