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Small wonder

A new implementation agreement for low-power consumption will see small modules push technological barriers, finds Andy Extance

The smart money

Artificial Intelligence is a hot topic right now, with the potential to help improve efficiency both across the network, and from a cost perspective. Kailem Anderson vice president for software and services at Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, speaks to Fibre Systems about the role of AI in operator networks

BT chooses Ciena’s DCI platform to help increase capacity

To support growing traffic demands of 5G and FTTP, BT has chosen to deploy Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data centre interconnect (DCI) platform to increase the capacity connecting its data centres to the UK’s main internet peering nodes.

BT’s has plans to deploy 5G in 16 cities in 2019, while forecasting residential broadband growth to remain at roughly 40 per cent annually. This means that significant new capacity is required in all areas of the network, and particularly on the main core links carrying this traffic.

Terrestrial extra

With the advancement in high-speed optics and modulation techniques bringing fibre optic systems for terrestrial networks in line with submarine systems, it’s little surprise that the industry is approaching a new era of terrestrial and submarine cable integration. Keely Portway finds out

Ciena enters agreement to acquire Packet Design

Ciena Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held network performance management software provider, Packet Design.

Ciena says that the acquisition would help to accelerate its Blue Planet suite of products by allowing the extension of its intelligent automation capabilities beyond Layers 0-2 and into IP. The system itself was attained via the company’s 2015 acquisition of Cyan (see Ciena buys Cyan for its software smarts).

Ciena’s GeoMesh chosen to enhance submarine networks in Caucasus and Latin America

Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme open network architecture with high-density 100G transponders has been selected to enhance two submarine networks in the Caucasus and Latin America regions.

As sole owner of the Black Sea submarine cable, Caucasus Online provides critical services in regional communications, acting as a major gateway for internet traffic from Europe to South Caucasus and the Caspian region.

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