Thursday, January 19, 2006

Ciena Lands Key Win at Progress Telecom

Progress Telecom, a leading broadband and wireless services provider, selected Ciena as a key supplier in the evolution and expansion of its existing network for next-generation services. Progress Telecom selected Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform for 10G DWDM metro and regional transport and CN 3600 Intelligent Optical Multiservice Switch for international gateway and SONET/SDH applications. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Progress Telecom operates one of the largest regional networks in the United States spanning 8,254 route-miles of fiber, 29 metro networks and 10 states from Florida to New York. The service provider delivers a variety of broadband services to its carrier, ISP and large enterprise customers, including SONET/SDH conversion, private line, wavelength, Ethernet and IP. Progress Telecom's nearly 200 points of presence range from carrier hotels and undersea cable landing stations to wireless network towers and end-user locations, putting a wide variety of operating requirements on its network equipment.

In the initial deployments, Ciena's CN 4200 is creating a 10G DWDM backbone for aggregating and transporting Ethernet, IP and other services between metro networks, such as New York to Washington, D.C., while the CN 3600 is providing a single platform that supports next-generation translation, transport and switching of both SONET and SDH for its international gateway locations and metro SONET/SDH services.