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.