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Cisco’s Packet Optical Network Conference Comes to Rome

Leonard LunaGuest blog by Leonard Luna, Marketing Manager, Cisco

This year’s fall Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC) convenes on November 3 and 4, 2015 in Rome Italy. Cisco executives and technology experts will convene in the “Eternal City” to present Cisco’s strategy and vision to help service providers, large enterprises, public sector agencies and data center operators achieve their business outcomes by leveraging opportunities driven by the accelerating rate of content consumption and the exhilarating innovations taking place in service and application solutions.

Images from Fall 2014 PONC, Italy:

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Enivest and Cisco Deploy a DWDM Network at Light Speed

Dan CrawfordGuest blog by Dan Crawford, Marketing Manager, Cisco

In the western Scandinavian fjords of Norway, Enivest an internet service provider has deployed a new optical transport network using a Cisco optical network solution (NCS 2000)While this, in itself, may not be big news to most people, the real story is about how Enivest managed this deployment.  For people who are not familiar with the expertise and time needed for installing and then lighting up an optical network, it typically takes two days per node/site with some give or take depending on the level of the technician’s expertise.
So, if we 
consider the eight (8) sites and nodes that Enivest lit up along a 260km span of Sognefjord in Norway (see map below) we 
would estimate the deployment to have taken upwards of 16 days.  Enivest logoWhat is impressive abut this deployment is that it took less than a week for Enivest to install and turn on over 260 km of fiber running through 8 sites/nodes for its customers. This kind of agility is important for service providers who are continually looking to cut operating costs and realize new revenue streams.

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Cisco Named Supplier for New Verizon Next-Generation Metro Optical Network Build

By Bill Gartner, Vice President Cisco’s Optical Systems and Transceivers Group

At Cisco, we pride ourselves on being true business collaborators with our service provider customers.

And we relish any opportunity to work side-by-side with a leading global service provider on a technology program with the potential to advance the entire telecommunications industry.

These opportunities are rare indeed. And today at OFC, the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals, Cisco was fortunate enough to receive such an opportunity.

Verizon announced that it would be working with Cisco and one other supplier to design and build a next-generation 100G metro network in the United States that will deliver improved scalability, functionality and efficiency. To meet Verizon’s mission of offering its customers high-capacity video and wireless solutions, it has decided to modernize its metro optical network.  Cisco is honored to be part of this important network transformation.

Using 100G flexible CDC ROADMs and packet aggregation will enable Verizon to advance and scale its network while maintaining existing services and reducing service-activation times as well as network operation and maintenance costs.

“Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand,” said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning. “Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.”

Verizon will test and deploy the Cisco Network Convergence System and the second NCS4000supplier’s equipment on portions of its 100G metro network this year, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. Supplier volumes will be guided by ongoing testing, support and performance.

Verizon and Cisco are long-standing technology and business partners, and we are pleased to play a key role in Verizon’s optical network modernization program.

Cisco has made investments in next-generation optical technologies to help Verizon realize its vision to transform its network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the demands of today, while capturing growth opportunities over the next decade.

This new architecture gives Verizon advantages in its metro network including increased capacity, superior latency and improved scalability.

Verizon is a leader in 100G technology having successfully completed several industry firsts, beginning in 2007 with a successful field trial of 100G optical traffic on a live system.

Cisco is very pleased to be working closely with Verizon on its landmark network build-out, and we are committed to making it successful so that Verizon customers will reap its benefits for decades to come!

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Cyta Hellas Deploys Cisco Optical Solution for new High Speed Optical Network

leonard_lunaBy Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions

Cyta Hellas, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Organization of Cyprus,  is the latest network operator to deploy Cisco’s Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transport solution for a new high-speed backbone. Cyta is the most recent service provider to be licensed in Greece, which is part of the mother company’s effort to expand to new markets. In almost six years, Cyta has achieved nearly 17% market share and is still growing, despite challenging economic conditions. Today, the company operates a network of over 5,000 km one of the largest privately owned fiber optic networks in Greece.

Cisco ONS 15454

Cisco ONS 15454 M6 DWDM platform

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Texas Lone Star Network Rolls Out 100G

We talked about Texas Lone Star Network (TLSN) about two years ago when they upgraded their network with Cisco ASR 9000 Series routers. Since then the company, a consortium of 40 Rural Telecommunications Carriers in Texas has expanded quickly, growing from 3000 lit miles of fiber to over 6225 miles and now providing services next door in New Mexico. Their Cisco-based IP and DWDM fiber network offers wavelength, Ethernet, and SONET services to its consortium company members, along with national carriers, wireless providers, regional cable TV operators, colleges and the federal government.


With bandwidth forecasts continuing to expand they’ve recently made the leap to 100G, adding Cisco’s coherent nLightTM 100G technology to their existing ROADM-based network. TLSN installed Cisco 40G in the network two years ago.  For TLSN the ability to easily deploy 100G without the need to re-engineer the network or install new fiber is critical to their business. This will support growing customer demand for multiple 10G service on-demand. One service TLSN offers which they call “TLSN Texas Waves®” bundles multiple 10G or 2.5G optical wavelengths together. This solution has been well received as an ideal alternative to service providers faced with the high cost of a dark fiber IRU, maintenance and DWDM electronics. With the coherent optical upgrade they’re now well positioned to offer 40G and 100G wavelengths. Read More »

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