STC Taps Ciena's Packet Optical Platform for NGN

STC Taps Ciena's Packet Optical Platform for NGN Image Credit: STC

Saudi Telecom Company (STC) is deploying its next-generation network (NGN) based on Ciena’s converged packet-optical platforms, as well as the GeoMesh networking technology. STC will leverage Ciena’s 5430 Packet-Optical platform equipped with the WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset and 15 Terabit (Tb/s) hybrid packet OTN switching.

According to Ciena, the solution together with its 6500 platform help increase the capacity, agility and reach of STC’s network, ensuring operational simplicity and scalability while supporting the evolution toward software defined networking (SDN). In addition, E-Suite packet switch modules on both the 6500 and 5430 allow STC to maximize the number of high-speed Ethernet services carried on the network, said the vendor.

At the same time, Ciena claims that its GeoMesh submarine solution ensures survivability even in the case of multiple network outages or submarine fiber cuts, with restoration within 50 milliseconds. 

Dr. Homoud Al Kussayer, Vice President for Wholesale at STC
STC ICT regional leadership is emphasized by the deployment of NGN solutions like Ciena’s packet-optical and GeoMesh solutions. These give STC the scalability and speed of services deployment, in tandem with lowering operating costs and supporting STC’s fierce evolution toward NGN capabilities.

Benoit de la Tour, Vice President and General Manager EMEA at Ciena
This deployment further cements our leading position in the submarine market. STC’s strategic network approach coupled with Ciena’s industry-leading solutions ensures that it has the capacity, agility and reliability needed to support current and future web-scale demands.

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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