SingTel selects Ciena to upgrade business services network

SingTel on Wednesday deployed Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 5410 RSS platform and software to augment its global ConnectPlus IPLC network.

The new equipment will be used to link SingTel's global points-of-presence for aggregation, grooming and intelligent switching of SONET/SDH, OTN and leased line and Ethernet traffic in a mesh network configuration.

This initiative also enables the service provider to deliver tiered service levels in addition to differentiated service offerings such as Optical Virtual Private Networks (O-VPN). 

No less important is the software component of this deployment.

By leveraging Ciena's OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane technology, SingTel can quickly detect network faults and automatically switch data traffic to back-up routes.

Ciena said traffic rerouting can be done in 50 milliseconds. Having this fast recovery provides an obvious benefit to SingTel's business customers, as they can continue using the applications that are critical to operating their business.

From an industry-wide perspective, SingTel's deployment of the 5410 and software represents the growing trend of Tier 1 service providers seeing value in control plane in their optical networks. They join service providers like Verizon (NYSE: VZ), an early Packet Optical Transport System (P-OTS) system advocate, for its long-haul and metro networks.

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