Ciena inks deal with Fibertech Networks

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NEW DELHI, INDIA: Ciena Corporation, a network specialist, on Tuesday announced it has partnered with Fibertech Networks to build a mobile backhaul network for a wireless service provider in Connecticut.


The deployment will connect 250 cell towers across the state and support the carrier’s efforts to meet business and residential customer demand for high-bandwidth applications such as video streaming, music downloading and mobile TV to mobile devices, said a press release.

Fibertech, a provider of metro-based fiber optic network services to customers in the eastern and central US, is building fiber-based 10 Gb/s backhaul connections to 250 cell towers to meet demand for 4G mobile broadband services. This will allow the service provider to deliver high-bandwidth applications, such as mobile video and high-speed data connectivity, claimed the company.

Currently in the deployment phase, Ciena’s 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches, and 3930 Service Delivery Switches, all part of its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio, will enable Fibertech to deliver a simplified, automated backhaul network that is also scalable, reliable and future-proofed to meet demand for data services with maximum performance.


Ciena’s Ethernet Service Manager (ESM), an advanced solution for automated service creation, activation and management, will allow Fibertech to quickly turn up Carrier Ethernet services to meet customer demands and SLA requirements.

Embedded RFC 2544 testing capabilities in the 3930 Service Delivery Switches will ensure that Fibertech field technicians and installers can immediately capture test results and demonstrate that Ethernet backhaul services are meeting the SLA requirements of the wireless service provider, remotely.

Ciena is also providing Fibertech with ongoing consultation, maintenance and support for this deployment via Ciena Specialist Services.


“Fibertech has extensive experience in fiber backhaul connectivity and was one of the first fiber providers to work closely with wireless carriers to connect towers and Mobile Switching Centers with fiber,” said Earl Ipsaro, Vice President of Engineering at Fibertech.

“With more than 10,000 fiber miles contracted by wireless carriers”, he added, “we offer a vast array of light and dark connectivity options tailored to address the diverse requirements of our customers.”