Alaska Communications taps Ciena to enhance network

Created July 18, 2022
News and Business

Responding to the demand for faster, more reliable internet and data connectivity services, Alaska Communications has teamed up with Ciena to enhance the operators’ Dedicated Ethernet Services product with Ethernet services of 1Gbps to 10Gbps and beyond.

Alaska Communications is using Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme programmable 800G technology to upgrade capacity between core sites, including across submarine links. They are also utilising a variety of Ciena’s Routing and Switching platforms (8180, 5171, 5170, 3928) to deploy 1Gbps-10Gbps 5G mobile backhaul services, as well as 8180 routers to upgrade the aggregation network from 10Gbps to 100Gbps.

The two companies have previously worked together to upgrade Alaska’s terrestrial and AKORN submarine networks to improve internet access and provide secure, reliable connectivity. With the WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology upgrade as part of Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine solution, Alaska Communications has increased network capacity by four times from the Lower 48 states to Alaska, significantly improving quality of experience for their end users.

“We’re pleased to work with Ciena to combine its best-in-class networking technology with our passion for serving Alaska businesses,” said Mark Ayers, Vice President, Engineering, Alaska Communications. “With Dedicated Ethernet Services, we enable businesses to efficiently interconnect their sites, as well as increase bandwidth and capacity as their demand grows. By connecting government, healthcare, education and commercial customers with high-speed, reliable and dedicated connectivity, we help foster commerce and better quality of life for Alaskans.”

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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.