US-based Ciena Corporation has announced that Cablevision Argentina is deploying the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to upgrade its inter-urban broadband backbone across Argentina. The network enhancements will enable Cablevision Argentina to provide high speed internet service, expanded cable offerings and uncompressed HD video transport to its growing subscriber base. The network upgrade involves 30 nodes across Cablevision Argentina’s footprint, upgrading connections from Buenos Aires to other regional centers. The cableco will also benefit from new packet networking capabilities , which will give the option to integrate packet switching and traffic management alongside OTN transport to cost-effectively address surging demand for Ethernet services and connectivity.
‘Ciena’s solution gives us the flexibility to gradually scale our network and expand capacity across a huge geography,’ commented Guillermo Fiorenza, head of transport network architecture at Cablevision Argentina, adding: ‘This will allow us to offer high-speed internet, cable and business services to our growing customer base. Moving forward, Ciena’s 6500 will help us reduce the complexity of transporting and managing our optical infrastructure.’ With more than 3.5 million customers, Cablevision provides pay-TV services in twelve provinces (Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe, Cordoba, Neuquen, Rio Negro, Entre Rios, Corrientes, Misiones, Chaco, Formosa and Salta), as well as in Buenos Aires city and Uruguay. In September 1997 it launched and ISP Fibertel, which has around 1.5 million subscribers.