German cable operator Unitymedia KabelBW is deploying Ciena’s 100G coherent optical transport platform to upgrade its backbone network, which will allow the company to reduce operating costs and latency while increasing its network elasticity. Ciena’s platform can be easily upgraded to 400G to support customer demand for new over-the-top (OTT) services such as video streaming. ‘Demand among residential customers is growing for broadband-intensive entertainment services such as music and video streaming, downloading multimedia content or online video games,’ noted Dr. Michael Langer, director of network engineering at Unitymedia KabelBW, adding: ‘With Ciena’s platform we are tailoring our network to the needs of our customers. We have a flexible and scalable architecture, which we can adapt dynamically if customer requirements change.’ Unitymedia KabelBW will also use Ciena’s management solution for simplified low-touch service activation, service visualisation and network monitoring, enabling the cableco to simplify processes with seamless end-to-end service implementation and monitor all components and services from its central Network Operations Centre (NOC). Unitymedia KabelBW will also use a number of services from Ciena’s Specialist Services Portfolio, such as installation, operation and testing. Unitymedia KabelBW, which is owned by US company Liberty Global, offers television, telephony and broadband internet with speeds of up to 150Mbps to residential and business customers in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Württemberg.
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