Cinia taps Ribbon for transport network upgrade

Created March 23, 2021
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Ribbon Communications says that its Apollo OTN Transport and Switching platforms have been selected to upgrade Cinia’s backbone transport network in Finland and Northern Europe. Cinia is leveraging Ribbon’s Apollo 9600 series of optical transport platforms and Apollo 9900 series OTN switching platforms at critical nodes for wavelength grooming and route protection. The flexgrid backbone accelerates service provisioning by using colourless, directionless ROADMs to map services onto wavelengths. The solution also transports and monitors alien lambdas, enabling Cinia to offer other carriers transit services with their own wavelengths. Additionally, the deployed platform with Ribbon’s TM800E programmable transmission blades enable transport of 400GbE client connections, adding the latest generation of high-speed service functionality while maintaining network efficiency.

“The importance of connectivity platforms including transport networks has clearly increased in today’s digital society, and this applies directly to Cinia’s customers as well,” said Taneli Vuorinen, executive vice president at Cinia. “Our long-term co-operation with Ribbon’s IP Optical team (former ECI,) has been successful and by deploying Ribbon’s optical transport networking (OTN) solutions into Cinia’s backbone network, we’ve increased our flexibility and offering to respond to market demand.”

Cinia’s network Source: Cinia

“Cinia offers a very specific set of capabilities to its customers, and seamless transport continuity is paramount,” said Steve McCaffery, Ribbon’s executive vice president, sales of EMEA and APAC. “Our modular optical networking solution enabled them to upgrade their network capabilities with no interruption while further enhancing the quality of their commercial offering.”

Cinia’s fibre optic network covers roughly 15,000 kilometres, and includes the C-Lion1 submarine cable.

For more information, visit www.cinia.fi/en

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.