Telecom Egypt Picks Ciena for Resilient Optical Mesh Network

Telecom Egypt is deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh solution and packet-optical platforms for low-latency connectivity.

The deployment will allow Telecom Egypt to meet growing demand for high-bandwidth services on its national terrestrial network and submarine links between the Mediterranean and Asia. With a more agile and scalable network, Telecom Egypt’s wholesale carrier, service provider, internet content provider and consortium customers will be able to provide diverse data transit routes for international data centre interconnect (DCI), disaster recovery, cloud-based services, and other high-capacity services for enterprise and consumer end-customers.

With more than 160 years of operational history, Telecom Egypt is the largest provider of fixed line services in the Middle East and Africa. Telecom Egypt offers a complete range of international telecommunications services, including voice, data, dark fibre, colocation and tailored data solutions. Its unique geographic location spans about 1,000 km on the Red Sea and 1,000 km on the Mediterranean Sea, and connects more than seventeen cable systems through seven diversified routes and five landing stations across Egypt.

A key benefit of the Ciena-enabled mesh restoration of interconnected terrestrial and submarine networks is that Telecom Egypt can extend its offerings with a suite of robust, diverse, high-availability networking services that can survive unexpected hardware and fibre route failures. Ciena’s GeoMesh also allows Telecom Egypt to proactively resolve unexpected issues and maintain network reliability.

Ciena’s 6500 and 5430 packet-optical platforms, powered by WaveLogic Extreme coherent optics, allows Telecom Egypt to offer a diverse mix of services over high-capacity wavelengths; supporting any type of traffic, including fully transparent optical transport networks (OTN), virtual private networks (VPN), optical VPN and Ethernet services, all with stringent SLAs. The advanced performance monitoring and testing capabilities from Ciena enables fast service turn up and ability to address faults quickly and easily.

“Ciena’s technology and mesh network give us a real advantage, ensuring greater reliability and efficiencies” said Tamer Gadalla, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Egypt. “With Ciena enabling more granular high-bandwidth services, our customers can evolve their networks and transition to a much wider suite of resilient, scalable connectivity options. Telecom Egypt is also ready to embrace upcoming technologies, like network functions virtualisation (NFV)”.

“With Ciena’s industry-leading submarine solutions, Telecom Egypt is making the most of its unique geographical position and strategic network assets, enhancing both reliability and the end-user experience”, added Gary Smith, President & Chief Executive Officer of Ciena. “Cost-effective, scalable and competitive connectivity also enables Telecom Egypt to launch new, next-generation data services across this critical route.”


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