Shentel selects Ciena for 4G mobile backhaul

Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (Shentel), a leading regional US telecommunications service provider has deployed Ciena’s packet networking, unified management and Service Level Agreements (SLA) portal solutions to support its expanding Fiber-to-the-Tower (FTTT) and 4G mobile backhaul services.

Working with Ciena, Shentel has built a highly reliable and automated backhaul infrastructure to support its mobile operator customers’ transition to 4G wireless infrastructure across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

Shentel provides a broad range of diversified communications services to end-user customers and other communications providers via its high speed, state-of-the-art network.

Shentel is leveraging Ciena’s 3930, 3931 and 3960 Service Delivery Switches – interconnected with G.8032 Ethernet rings to provide greater network scalability, resiliency and protection. Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System provides Shentel with simplified low-touch service activation, which enables rapid service delivery, comprehensive service visualization and network diagnostics. This also gives Shentel and its customers the ability to monitor real-time network traffic and identify potential issues before they impact service delivery.

Additionally, Shentel is deploying Ciena’s cloud-based SLA Portal that provides direct access to SLA reports and gives Shentel and its customers visibility of the health and status of the service delivery. The SLA Portal offers rapid and simple set-up because it is a fully managed SaaS-based service with no need for hardware, software or additional IT expenditures.

Collectively, Ciena’s solutions will provide Shentel an OPn network architecture that can easily scale to meet future bandwidth demands while providing the ability to dynamically manage traffic and service delivery.

“By deploying Ciena’s packet networking and unified management solutions, we are able to efficiently meet the requirements of our growing customer base and provide the necessary bandwidth to support next generation mobile data services. Additionally, the cloud-based SLA portal gives us real-time visibility and service monitoring capabilities which means we are better able to manage our network,” Ed McKay, vice president, Wireline & Engineering, Shentel.

“As more businesses and end-users continue to increase their usage of mobile data and the industry continues to advance to 4G technology, new opportunities are opening for service providers like Shentel to expand their FTTT and other related offerings. With the power of our packet networking portfolio to quickly turn up services, service providers can augment that with resilient and cost effective backhaul services as their end-user demand dictates,” Matt Salter, vice president, US Regional Service Providers, Ciena.

Shentel is a Sprint PCS affiliate and offers 4G LTE service to portions of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. Shentel offers its business customers dedicated Ethernet Internet, Ethernet private line, Ethernet virtual private line, and tower collocation leasing.

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