Ciena has announced an expansion of its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio, including multiple new service delivery and aggregation switches, which leverage a common service-aware operating system and unified Ethernet management software. The platforms are designed to enable service providers to quickly and economically expand their addressable market for Carrier Ethernet services by meeting the needs of network locations that require higher bandwidth user connections and a broader set of aggregation and switching capabilities, such as enterprise locations, backhaul from wireless cell sites, MDUs and outside plant cabinets.

Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio is a family of service delivery and aggregation platforms designed to address a range of application, service, market and access technology requirements. Leveraging software to power zero-touch, automated device configuration and service provisioning, the portfolio is intended to deliver up to 60 percent faster service provisioning and as much as 40 percent reduction in operational expense. It features wire-speed Layer 2 switching, high-capacity switching fabrics and all GigE and 10 GigE ports.

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