Ciena upgrades C&WP’s backbone network

22 Oct 2009

Panamanian incumbent Cable & Wireless Panama’s (C&WP’s) nationwide backbone network has been upgraded by US-based network solutions provider Ciena Corporation. Under a deal between the two companies Ciena has deployed its CN 4200 FlexSelect platforms, which the vendor said features multiple chassis sizes for deployment from the customer premises to the core of long haul regional networks, as well as offering full service transparency, performance monitoring for Ethernet and SONET/SDH services, industry-first software-programmable ports and scalability to true, single wavelength 100G capacity. Initially C&WP had only selected Ciena’s CN 4200 for a specific application – a transport network connecting Ethernet-based security cameras mounted in streets and public areas throughout the metropolitan area for the Panama City police department – but the telco decided to implement the technology across its entire network on the back of the initial deployment. ‘From video surveillance to IP services and submarine cable interconnection, our service portfolio goes well beyond the basic voice and data offerings of our competitors, so we wanted a backbone network that had the flexibility to support a variety of customers and services,’ said C&WP’s CTO Jose Quintero, adding, ‘After deploying the CN 4200 platforms for the video surveillance network and realising the benefits of its advanced features, we quickly moved to expand the deployment to ensure an agile transport network throughout our serving area.’

Panama, Cable & Wireless Panama (CWP)