Ciena supports 100G network extension by ETT to Ukraine's industrial centers

Ukraine's Eurotranstelecom (ETT) is extending its 100G network to cover the country's major industrial centers thanks to the rollout of Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 100G coherent optical technology across the incumbent telco's backbone network.

The high-speed project is an extension of one which established the first 100G link in Eastern Europe in 2011. Ciena is the exclusive supplier to ETT's 100 Gbps optical network.

With the extension, ETT now connects Kiev and Kharkov to the major Ukrainian industrial regions of Lvov, Donetsk, Odessa, and Dnepropetrovsk. The telco can also provide high-speed support for traffic from other Ukrainian, Russian and European operators.

"Over the last year, Ciena's 100G solution has proven its value in the field, successfully powering the Kiev-Kharkov link on our network, and when time came to roll out the high-capacity technology across the board, Ciena's solution again came to the top of the list," said Vitalii Karazei, ETT's chief executive officer.

Ukraine, Russia, and surrounding regions are poised for high-speed growth, despite reports earlier this year that overall spending in the EMEA region on optical hardware had dropped sequentially as much as 30 percent between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012. Russia saw the highest rate of broadband growth worldwide in 2011, with broadband Internet homes climbing 36 percent, according to the Broadband Forum. And ABI Research predicted last year that emerging markets would be a driving force in fixed wireline broadband revenues.

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