Infinera automation technology selected by Verizon for Ethernet migration

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Verizon has chosen Infinera as a supplier of automation technology to help enable the migration of its time-division multiplexing (TDM) network to a new Ethernet-based network.

Infinera’s technology enables visualization of the complete network, alongside the ability to run multiple migration scenarios, and the efficient management of existing customer traffic. The migration provides a scalable solution that can be applied to multiple systems and use cases, including TDM, Ethernet over Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET), and ultra-long haul.

The company will also integrate its open API- and YANG-driven data model software capabilities with the Verizon Base Network Controller (BNC), in order to enable full lifecycle automation including install, commission, service provisioning, and control.

The overall solution is designed to enable a zero-touch, fully automated, extensible, and programmable infrastructure by leveraging open networking principles and capabilities, including software-defined networking control of multi-vendor elements via open programmable interfaces and model-driven management and operations. The solution supports rapid service activation at the optical layer while reducing parallel proprietary systems.

Stephen Owens, director of network infrastructure planning at Verizon said: ‘We are able to simplify network operations and reduce costs through virtualization and automation. This is one example.’

Added Bob Jandro, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Infinera: ‘We are pleased to extend our collaboration with Verizon and help them advance their infrastructure network with a software-driven approach to network evolution and next-generation service enablement.’

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12 September 2022

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