Ciena furthers Ethernet influence at BT Openreach

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BT Openreach (NYSE: BT) has responded to its service provider customers' desire for more Ethernet Access Direct (EAD) services and bandwidth by selecting Ciena's E-suite family of packet switch modules.

The timing of the deployment comes during a pivotal time in the UK Ethernet services market. According to Ovum, the UK business Ethernet market is forecast to grow by 23 percent over the next three to four years.

Jon Hurry, managing director, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy for Openreach, said in a release that since it launched its Ethernet Access Direct products for UK providers in 2009, "market demand for secure, dedicated business connectivity has grown exponentially."

Service providers are using Ethernet to support enterprise clients' increasing application-centric network consumption behaviors, enabling services such as bandwidth on-demand, cloud computing and high-bandwidth applications, including video, CRM platforms and real-time data backup.

Openreach is using a number of Ciena's E-suite packet switch modules, including the 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches.

In addition to the network hardware, Openreach will leverage Ciena's advanced Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OAM) software, including its Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System, to enable what Ciena says is low-touch service provisioning.

For more:
- see the release

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