Openreach Strengthens Ethernet Access Direct Services with Ciena

  Openreach Strengthens Ethernet Access Direct Services with Ciena

   Ciena’s packet networking and software solutions provide opportunity for
                          Ethernet service evolution

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. & LONDON -- August 28, 2014

Following strong demand for its range of Ethernet Access Direct (EAD)
products, Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has selected
Ciena’s^® ^ (NYSE: CIEN) packet networking solutions to support the evolution
of its Ethernet services.

Openreach’s communication provider (CP) customers are looking to capitalise on
the UK’s high-capacity Ethernet business services market, which is expected to
grow by 23 per cent over the next three to four years according to Ovum^1, by
offering faster and more reliable Ethernet service delivery. CPs also need to
support enterprise clients’ increasing application-centric network consumption
behaviors, enabling services such as bandwidth on-demand, cloud computing and
high-bandwidth applications, including video, CRM platforms and real-time data

Key Facts:

  *Openreach provides CPs with equal access to the wires and fibres that
    deliver the data, broadband and voice services to tens of millions of
    homes and businesses in the UK. Openreach’s EAD+ services offer a wide
    choice of high-bandwidth, permanently connected, point-to-point Ethernet
    solutions that help CPs expand their own networks and deliver a range of
    high-quality services, such as cloud computing, storage area network
    connectivity and mobile backhaul.
  *A key element of its OP^n® network architecture, Ciena’s E-suite family of
    packet switch modules, including the 3916 and 3930 Service Delivery
    Switches and 5142, 5150 and 5160 Service Aggregation Switches, ensure fast
    Ethernet service delivery, agility and assurance for Openreach’s EAD
    services. The solutions combine intelligent devices and software to create
    the necessary infrastructure for Openreach to deploy low-touch,
    high-velocity Ethernet services, backed by stringent SLAs with rigorous
    performance and availability guarantees.
  *Openreach will also leverage Ciena’s advanced Operations, Administration
    and Maintenance (OAM) software, including its Service-Aware Operating
    System (SAOS) and OneControl Unified Management System, to enable
    low-touch service provisioning. With Ciena’s automated reporting and
    service-level testing capabilities, Openreach will be able to proactively
    monitor and measure the network’s ongoing performance for greater

Executive Comments:

  *“We have been providing our Ethernet Access Direct products to the UK
    communications industry since 2009. During this time, market demand for
    secure, dedicated business connectivity has grown exponentially –
    literally underpinning the bread and butter of businesses right across the
    UK. Maintaining a robust supply chain against this backdrop is of
    paramount importance to us and our customers. Choosing Ciena as our new
    dual NTE vendor will provide assurance of continuous supply while also
    maximising opportunities to further develop the capabilities we offer.”
    – Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach
  *“Openreach is delivering on its promise to provide flexible and robust
    Ethernet services in the UK. By deploying a simplified, on-demand
    infrastructure with our packet networking and software solutions,
    Openreach is ensuring its communication provider customers have access to
    the support and services they need to be competitive.”
    – François Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group at

Supporting Resources:

  *Data sheet: Ciena’s packet networking portfolio
  *Video: OneControl Unified Management System
  *White Paper: Evolving Metro Packet Networks with Versatile 10GbE
  *Overview: Openreach Ethernet Services


^1 Ovum: Enterprise Ethernet Service Forecast Report: 2011–18

About Openreach

Openreach, a division of BT Group plc. (LSE: BT.A), is responsible for the
first mile of the UK access network - the copper wires and fiber connecting
homes and businesses to their local telephone exchanges. Openreachleads the
deployment of BT Group’s £3bn roll-out of fiber, delivering fiber broadband
services to communities across the UKas well as installing and maintaining
the communications infrastructure that links homes, businesses, public and
voluntary sector organizations to their Communications Providers' networks.

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers
worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and
fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its
deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software
automation to deliver solutions in alignment with its OP^n architecture for
next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure
that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide
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BT Group plc.
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