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Gigaclear Networks Selects Ciena to Improve Connectivity in Rural Areas

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Combined software and optical innovations support the provision of
100G channels across the UK

Gigaclear
Networks
, the United Kingdom's leading provider of full fiber
broadband connectivity to rural communities recently deployed a 100G
transport network across multiple countryside locations in the UK
powered by optical and intelligent software solutions from Ciena
(NYSE:CIEN). The enhanced network will enable internet service
providers to offer advanced services, such as HD video streaming to
business and residential customers.

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Key Facts:

  • With this new network upgrade, rural regions in the UK including
    Devon, Somerset, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire will benefit from
    greater access to high-speed service with rapid backhaul connections
    from London to Bristol and Northants.
  • Leveraging Ciena's 6500 Packet Optical platform powered by WaveLogic
    coherent optics, Gigaclear will meet increasing 100G bandwidth
    requirements and offer a robust infrastructure that is highly scalable
    and cost-effective.
  • Another benefit of this deployment is Ciena's Blue
    Planet Manage, Control and Plan
    (MCP) domain controller software,
    which will automate network and service management across Gigaclear's
    network and provide real-time visibility into network operations.

Executive Comments:

  • "This investment reinforces Gigaclear's commitment to bring reliable
    future-proof, ultrafast connectivity to both Broadband Delivery UK and
    commercial customers using its network."
    - Charl Tintinger,
    Technical Director, Gigaclear Networks
  • "The proliferation of fiber communities and the need for more backhaul
    capacity as a result of increased data demands requires Gigaclear to
    have an adaptive network that lays the foundation for future growth.
    With an optical network powered by WaveLogic and Blue Planet MCP,
    Gigaclear will have a programmable infrastructure to intelligently
    manage its bandwidth, drive innovation and expand services outside of
    the London metropolitan area."
    - Jamie Jefferies, Vice
    President and General Manager, EMEA, Ciena

About Gigaclear Networks

Gigaclear Networks is the fastest-growing network operator building full
fibre broadband in rural Britain. Its network is being deployed across
22 English counties and currently covers over 65,000 homes and
businesses, delivering future proofed Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP)
symmetrical, gigabit (1Gbps) capable connectivity to underserved
communities. The network roll-out is financed by private & commercial
equity, together with Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) rural broadband
programme public funds. For further information go to www.gigaclear.net
or follow us on Twitter @Gigaclearnet

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) is a networking systems, services, and software
company. We provide solutions that help our clients create more adaptive
networks in response to the constantly changing demands of their users.
By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch
consultative relationships, we build the world's most sophisticated
networks with automation and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on
Twitter @Ciena,
LinkedIn,
the Ciena
Insights blog
, or visit www.ciena.com.

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