Jio taps Ciena for core Indian network

Reliance Jio has deployed Ciena’s multi-terabit converged packet-optical technology to power its pan-India 4G network core and help unleash digital revolution in India.

Operating at speeds up to 200 Gb/s, this deployment gives Jio a high-speed, highly resilient mesh network with unprecedented scale to support its surging subscriber base and subsequent data explosion.

Jio is India’s newest mobile network operator, with a pan-India 4G network. It has set up the world’s largest greenfield all-IP, video-ready network. Having commenced operations in September 2016, Jio has accrued more than 100 million subscribers in just five months.

The operator has deployed Ciena’s 6500 and 5430 Packet-Optical Platforms, powered by WaveLogic coherent technology, to provide ultra-high bandwidth services across its entire network. This core network connects all major cities of India and currently carries more than 85% of the total data traffic carried through Indian telecom networks. This scale makes it one of the world’s largest multi-terabit networks.

With Ciena-enabled OneConnect restoration, unexpected fibre route failures are restored by autonomously choosing a divergent path that provides higher uptime and unmatched customer experience compared to traditional network architectures.

“With Ciena we are not only able to provide robust scalability to offer new levels of data consumption, which is already 8 to 10 times above market levels, but also a supreme level of confidence in our network’s reliability and level of service that stands out in our marketplace”, said Jio President Jyotindra Thacker.

Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Ciena, added: “In fast-growing markets like India, there’s a pent-up demand for more bandwidth not only for personal use, but also to sustain business growth and development. Jio understands the necessity in today’s digital environment to provide high-bandwidth services anytime, anywhere. Ciena seeks to continue our momentum across these markets in developing long-lasting customer relationships to enrich the lives of residents in these areas.”

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