MobiFone Corp., a mobile network operator out of Vietnam, has acquired Ciena’s packet-optical networking technology through the vendor’s channel partner ELCOM.
The solution, provisioned at 300Gbps, will enable the carrier to bring mobile broadband services to its 50 million subscribers that are spread across more than 1,400 kilometers and more than 25 provinces from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition to fast speeds, the Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, which leverages WaveLogic 3 coherent technology and hybrid packet OTN switching, offers MobiFone a high level of survivability and visibility, the vendor says. The survivability is due to Ciena’s intelligent control plane technology. The visibility it offers across the network, Ciena says, will better enable MobiFone to respond to changing traffic demands.
Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions are deployed in some of the largest mesh networks on the globe.
Last year Infonetics (News - Alert) reported that operators view Ciena as among the leaders in the optical equipment space, and Ciena was the most often cited company as a leader in reliability. And the year prior Infonetics commented that “Ciena is hitting on all cylinders as the second-largest WDM optical equipment provider, seizing market share in 2014 while also making progress in the packet-optical transport domain.”
This May, Dell’ (News - Alert)Oro Group issue a report about the optical WDM market that indicated Huawei, Ciena, ZTE, and Nokia are the leaders in this space.
“This was another amazing quarter for the optical transport market,” said Jimmy Yu, vice president at Dell’Oro Group. “Three things about the WDM market stood out this quarter. The first being the market grew 20 percent year-over-year for a second consecutive quarter. Next, this was the 25th consecutive quarter of WDM market expansion, and the third being 100Gbps coherent wavelength shipments in the first quarter 2016 were twice the amount shipped in the first quarter 2015.”
Edited by Maurice Nagle