Ciena 4200 Wins at Embarq
According to an Embarq spokesperson, the Ciena product was chosen by Embarq to boost capacity in its metro regional network while also enabling the carrier to make the transition from Sonet-based services to those deployed over native Ethernet.
Earlier this year, Ciena added Ethernet aggregation and switching capabilities to its 4200 with new G10 and G10X modules. (See Ciena Enhances 4200 With Ethernet.)
Embarq's deployment of Ciena gear has been underway for about six months, with 4200 trials beginning in Texas and then expanding to Las Vegas and Orlando. Since then, Embarq says it has deployed 100 nodes of the Ciena product in 12 of the 18 states its network covers.
Ciena product marketing manager Andy McCormick says the choice was about "more than just adding wavelengths," and that Embarq chose Ciena "so they can begin to transition to a multiservice platform. They have already begun transitioning some services over to gigabit Ethernet."
The selection came about after a competitive process during which McCormick says Ciena went up against -- and beat out -- incumbent vendors in the Embarq network. Embarq's Sonet network was made of a mix of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Nortel Networks Ltd. , and Tellabs Inc. (Nasdaq: TLAB; Frankfurt: BTLA) gear.
While Ciena is not outright replacing any equipment, the multiservice nature of its gear could allow Embarq to eventually do away with legacy ATM equipment as it moves to native Ethernet services.
— Ryan Lawler, Reporter, Light Reading