Ericsson and Ciena Sign Agreement for Development of IP-optical Convergence
Published on: 14th Feb 2014
By: David Ng
Ericsson has signed an agreement with Ciena to develop joint transport solutions for IP optical convergence and service provider software defined networking SDN .
As part of this agreement, Ericsson will resell Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family.
"This strategic global agreement brings together two companies uniquely positioned to drive the adoption of more open, programmable networks. The integration of our industry-leading packet-optical technologies into Ericsson's portfolio, combined with our global distribution agreement, allows us to address a wider market with a combined offering," said Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena. "As our industry moves toward a more open networking environment, collaboration within an ecosystem of specialists will be critical for innovation. Our SDN-focused joint development activities will enable us to deliver on network transformation strategies that dynamically support changing demands for network-level applications and services."
The agreement is effective immediately, and go-to-market activities and solution integration efforts are underway.