PLDT Partners with Ciena for International Intelligent Optical Mesh Network

The Philippines’ market leader PLDT has deployed solutions from network specialist Ciena across its global network footprint. The 5410 Packet-optical reconfigurable switch system and OneConnect Intelligent control plane will allow the operator to create a global mesh network that interconnects points of presence worldwide.

“As the largest telecommunications provider in the Philippines and a rapidly growing international carrier, it is critical that our infrastructure is highly reliable and capable of delivering robust broadband service and applications,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and CEO, PLDT.

“With the implementation of Ciena’s intelligent optical mesh network solutions across our international network, we are able to give our enterprise and wholesale customers a variety of low-latency, high-capacity services with the utmost assurance, putting us on par with large global carriers,” he adds.

“PLDT will be able to offer its customers high-availability, high-capacity SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet dedicated services over a global intelligent mesh network,” said Anthony McLachlan, vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena.

To support PLDT’s network modernisation effort, Ciena’s 5410 RSS will link PLDT’s global points of presence to provide efficient aggregation, grooming and intelligent switching of SONET/SDH, OTN and Ethernet services with flexible tiered service-levels and differentiated service offerings. Customer traffic traversing PLDT’s existing and future submarine capacity network will be carried over a highly resilient mesh network design.

Ciena’s OneConnect technology will allow PLDT to quickly detect faults and automatically switch data traffic to backup routes as needed in the event of a network outage. This allows PLDT’s business customers to minimise the impact of breakages due to cable cuts, earthquakes and network outages by staying connected to their worldwide offices without any connectivity disruption, thus providing PLDT a competitive edge in the enterprise services landscape.

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