Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Russia's VimpelCom Picks Ciena for National Optical Network

VimpelCom has selected Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform for the upgrade and expansion of its national optical network. The upgraded network spans over approximately 10,700 km, including major routes from Moscow - Urals and Urals - Siberia and the southern part of the Western Russia network (the ‘Big European Ring’), as well as the construction of a 100G network in the far eastern part of the country.

The core network will support the roll-out of VimpelCom’s LTE network in Russia.

The upgrade will use Ciena’s 40G/100G coherent technology.

Ciena noted that its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform can operate over existing fiber and amplifier chains, reducing the need for regeneration, and enabling scalability of up to 8.8 Terabits per second on a single fiber pair.