Ericsson, Ciena Partner to Provide SDN services

Ericsson Headquarters

Ciena and Ericsson have partnered to provide service that include packet-optical distribution, converged IP/optical joint development and distribution as well as an SDN collaboration framework.

Ericsson brings to Ciena a wide range of strategic relationships with global service providers, a strong position in wireless infrastructure and evolved packet-core solutions, and a worldwide professional services organization. Ericsson benefits from Ciena’s best-in-class innovation and packet-optical expertise resulting from years of deep customer relationships across a wide range of network domains.

Ericsson will offer Ciena’s Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family, to deliver a broader set of infrastructure solutions as customers migrate to new converged network architectures. In addition, Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical technology will be integrated into Ericsson’s IP portfolio, creating a solution that allows customers to seamlessly interoperate routers with Ciena’s industry-leading photonics.

“The strategic agreement combines Ciena’s and Ericsson’s strengths in the development of an open SDN network for converged IP and Optical transport,” said Jan Häglund, Vice President and Head of Product Area IP & Broadband, Ericsson. “The re-seller agreement will allow Ericsson to complement our 4th Generation IP portfolio with Ciena’s industry-leading packet-optical products. This will create an even stronger offering to our customers.”

According to Ericsson, 40% of the world’s mobile network traffic is handled by its equipment which are used in over 180 countries worldwide.

“Consistent with our OPn network architecture for intelligent network evolution, the industry is moving toward an ecosystem of more specialized players as the transformation accelerates toward open, programmable, multi-vendor networks that scale and adapt to network-level applications and services,” said Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena. “Together, Ciena and Ericsson will bring best-in-class solutions to customers around the globe to better address the evolving requirements for software-driven, converged networks.”