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Ericsson and Ciena sign agreement for development of IP-optical convergence

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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.

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