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PLDT Partners With Ciena For International Intelligent Optical Mesh Network

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, announced today that PLDT, a leading telecoms provider in the Philippines, has deployed Ciena’s 5410 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switch System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software across its global network footprint. With these Ciena platforms, both critical components of the company’s OPn architecture, PLDT will create a global mesh network that interconnects points of presence worldwide into a highly resilient, intelligent mesh switching network to provide greater network performance, efficiency and resiliency to meet stringent Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements.

“As the largest telecommunications provider in the Philippines and a rapidly growing international carrier, it is critical that our infrastructure is highly reliable and capable of delivering robust broadband service and applications,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO, PLDT. With the implementation of Ciena’s intelligent optical mesh network solutions across our international network, we are able to give our enterprise and wholesale customers a variety of low-latency, high-capacity services with the utmost assurance, putting us on par with large global carriers,” he adds.

“With our packet-optical technology and intelligent optical control plane software, PLDT will be able to offer its customers high-availability, high-capacity SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet dedicated services over a global intelligent mesh network. Additionally, our control plane software allows service providers like PLDT to fine tune their networks to be more intelligent and to quickly respond to changing network demands – without manual intervention,” said Anthony McLachlan, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena.

To support PLDT’s network modernization effort, Ciena’s 5410 RSS will link PLDT’s global points of presence to provide efficient aggregation, grooming and intelligent switching of SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet services with flexible tiered service-levels and differentiated service offerings. Customer traffic traversing PLDT’s existing and future submarine capacity network will be carried over a highly resilient mesh network design.

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