Ericsson and Ciena announce a strategic global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for IP-optical convergence and service provider software-defined networking (SDN). As part of this agreement, Ericsson offers Ciena’s Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family.
Ericsson will benefit from Ciena’s best-in-class optical technology leadership, including its WaveLogic coherent optical processors and global market presence. Combined with Ericsson’s strong IP portfolio and Global Services organization, service providers will be able to deploy IPoWDM technology and to evolve their transport network into a SDN-enabled infrastructure. This will result in lower total cost of ownership and faster deployment of new services.