Ciena Strikes 5G Deals With Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel

In a significant boost to Ciena’s 5G products and solutions prowess, the company has announced that it has struck 5G contracts with two of India’s major telecom operators – Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel. Both the deals are of different sizes and incorporates different products and solutions, Ciena said in a statement.

In case of Airtel Ciena is deploying coherent optical and intelligent software platforms to build one of the World’s Largest Photonic Control Plane networks in India.

Airtel’s new backbone network will serve the exploding demand for high speed data services. It will also enable super-fast broadband experiences over 4G/5G/FTTH architectures, making the most efficient use of available fiber resources. The deployment is part of Project Leap – Airtel’s network transformation program and will also enable a network that can quickly respond to simultaneous faults by re-computing and re-routing traffic based on available network resources.

Airtel’s new backbone architecture creates a solid foundation that can cut across technology generations to seamlessly work with data rates of 400Gbps and higher to create a future proof scalable network. In addition, the architecture offers lower latency and software-controlled connectivity for Cloud infrastructure, faster transformation to virtualized platforms, and 5G readiness – essential to a world of connected devices and things.

In the deal with Jio Ciena is deploying its Transport SDN capabilities on the telco’s national transport network. This lays the foundation for an Adaptive Network that can scale with high efficiency and dynamically adapt to fast-changing capacity requirements and application demands.

Jio’s network is powered by Ciena’s multi-terabit optical technology that comes with a control plane that provides self-healing service restoration capabilities to support Jio’s pan-India 4G network core. This technology gives Jio a high-speed, highly resilient mesh network with unprecedented scale to support its surging subscriber base and subsequent data explosion –  helping to fuel the digital revolution in India.

As a next step in the Adaptive Network journey, which is aimed at the Enterprise and Fiber to the X (FTTx) market, Jio and Ciena have entered in partnership to deploy -Transport SDN architecture.  It seamlessly integrates with Jio’s Automation Engine to enable a significant step toward realizing the full potential of multi-layer closed-loop automation. This engagement will enable Jio to achieve service agility at unprecedented scale, with the highest level of quality of experience across Enterprise and FTTx.

The new Network framework will also give Jio more flexibility in launching new services and faster time-to-market. Another key aspect of this initiative will enable Jio to unleash the potential of its automation capabilities to custom build use cases that drive optimization and efficiencies across the network.

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