Frost & Sullivan Lauds Ciena's Vision in Developing a Solution to Fill the Gaps in Traditional Optic Fiber Technology

WaveLogic Photonics Coherent Select's unique techniques give service providers the flexibility and scalability to deliver services efficiently

Feb 11, 2016, 09:00 ET from Frost & Sullivan

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the optical networking industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Ciena with the 2015 Latin America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. Ciena's WaveLogic Photonics Coherent Select addresses service providers' need for higher bandwidth to serve a larger number of users. Its high-capacity architecture and industry-leading features make it ideal for customers seeking to evolve to a web-scale environment.

Traditionally, optical networking deployments had two options: a technology utilizing Wavelength Selected Switch Reconfigurable Optical Add Drop Multiplexers (WSS ROADM) or passive fixed-filter-based solutions. However, these solutions represented the opposite ends of the spectrum and had significant drawbacks. WSS ROADM is powerful and flexible, but is expensive and requires state-of-the-art components; passive fixed-filter-based solutions are affordable but based on inflexible technology.

"Acknowledging the need for a middle ground, Ciena launched the WaveLogic Photonics Coherent Select. Featuring a novel photonics architecture, it delivers the cost benefit of passive fixed-filter-based solutions as well as the flexibility of WSS ROADM. It allows customers to optimize their network architecture, meet current traffic needs, and scale quickly," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Ignacio Perrone. "Besides, this capability and flexibility allow providers to remotely re-route traffic to different locations without making any hardware changes."

WaveLogic Photonics Coherent Select is an optical broadcast and bridge architecture without WSS or optical filters, offering distinctive, cutting-edge capabilities, such as:

  • Colorless capability, which facilitates the changing of wavelengths to meet traffic demands through the system;
  • Directionless capability to reduce user error during deployment; and
  • Flexible grid capability to future-proof customer networks by allowing them to support more 100G carriers on the system.

Service providers can easily manage their network through built-in features such as remote provisioning, automated power management, alarming, and fault isolation. Its wavelength-tracking database is an especially attractive feature as it enhances network efficiency by making sure that these wavelengths will not be re-used. Ciena pioneers this photonic architecture and leads the industry for its photonic programmability and high-capacity coherent technology.

"Ciena is bridging the gaps in conventional fiber optics with specialized techniques to modulate optical signals. The result is higher-performing and more effective optics," noted Perrone. "While other vendors apply a one-size-fits-all approach, Ciena provides focused, expert solutions incorporating advanced and proven technology in the optical networking space."

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and robustly implementing it. Ciena has shown strength in terms of innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value, as well as speed in response to market needs. In short, the award looks at the emerging market players in the industry and recognizes their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.

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