BT's Openreach Selects Ciena's Packet Networking for Ethernet Services

Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has selected Ciena’s packet networking solutions to support the evolution of its Ethernet services. The provider of Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services to communications provider (CP) will also leverage Ciena’s advanced Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) software, including its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System, to enable low-touch service provisioning. 

Openreach provides CPs with equal access to the wires and fibres that deliver the data, broadband and voice services to tens of millions of homes and businesses in the UK.

"We have been providing our Ethernet Access Direct products to the UK communications industry since 2009.  During this time, market demand for secure, dedicated business connectivity has grown exponentially – literally underpinning the bread and butter of businesses right across the UK.  Maintaining a robust supply chain against this backdrop is of paramount importance to us and our customers. Choosing Ciena as our new dual NTE vendor will provide assurance of continuous supply while also maximising opportunities to further develop the capabilities we offer.”

-        Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach

“Openreach is delivering on its promise to provide flexible and robust Ethernet services in the UK. By deploying a simplified, on-demand infrastructure with our packet networking and software solutions, Openreach is ensuring its communication provider customers have access to the support and services they need to be competitive.”

-       François Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group at Ciena

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