India's Jio Deploys Ciena's Multi-Terabit Converged Packet-Optical to Power Pan-India 4G Network

India's Jio Deploys Ciena's Multi-Terabit Converged Packet-Optical to Power Pan-India 4G Network Image Credit: Ciena

India’s newest mobile network operator, Reliance Jio Infocomm has deployed Ciena multi-terabit converged packet-optical technology to power its pan-India 4G network core. Operating at speeds up to 200 Gb/s, this deployment gives Jio a high-speed, highly resilient mesh network with unprecedented scale to support its surging subscriber base and subsequent data explosion.

Jio which commenced operations in September 2016 and has added more than 100 million subscribers in just 170 days, has set up the world’s largest greenfield all-IP, video-ready network.

Jio deployed Ciena’s 6500 and 5430 Packet-Optical Platforms, powered by WaveLogic coherent technology to provide ultra-high bandwidth services across its entire network. This core network connects all major cities of India and is already carrying more than 85 percent of the total data traffic carried through Indian telecom networks, and the deployed network is ready for subscriber additions for months to come.

With Ciena-enabled OneConnect restoration, unexpected fiber route failures are restored by autonomously choosing a divergent path that provides higher uptime and unmatched customer experience compared to traditional network architectures.

Jyotindra Thacker, President, Jio
With Ciena we are not only able to provide robust scalability to offer new levels of data consumption, which is already 8 to 10 times above market levels, but also a supreme level of confidence in our network’s reliability and level of service that stands out in our marketplace.

Steve Alexander, SVP and CTO, Ciena 
In fast-growing markets like India, there’s a pent-up demand for more bandwidth not only for personal use, but also to sustain business growth and development. Jio understands the necessity in today’s digital environment to provide high-bandwidth services anytime, anywhere.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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