Indiana Fiber Network Selects Ciena’s Packet-Optical Switching and OneConnect Control Plane Software for Statewide Network Expansion

Regional carrier adds capacity, flexibility and intelligence to its OTN core for assured delivery of voice, video and data services to customers throughout Indiana LINTHICUM, Md.  —  05/22/2012

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that Indiana Fiber Network (IFN) will deploy Ciena’s 5430 Packet-Optical Reconfigurable Switching System (RSS) and OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane software to expand the capacity and service flexibility of its backbone network, and provide assured service delivery. The newly enhanced OTN switched network will support the aggregation, transport and management of voice, video and data services to its business and service provider customers. It will also provide differentiated service offerings and simplified service creation capabilities through point-and-click provisioning, therefore creating bandwidth-on-demand services in minutes. This helps position IFN to strengthen its service velocity and increase revenue potential.

Key Facts:

  • IFN is a statewide fiber optic      network owned by a consortium of 20 independent telephone companies, and      is comprised of more than 2,400 miles of fiber optic cable      that interconnects eight metro ring networks and 23 points of presence serving      more than 3,300 On/Near-Net locations. Its customers include enterprise businesses,      government entities, educational and healthcare institutions, as well as independent      telephone company members.
  • IFN’s customers use the      network for the aggregation and transport of residential local and long      distance calls, Internet access and video services, but due to increased traffic      they required additional capacity and higher-speed services.
  • Ciena’s 5430 will serve as      key aggregation switches, delivering regionalized OTN and Ethernet traffic      to key points in IFN’s network with speed and simplicity. Equipped with OneConnect control      plane software, the 5430 switches will also provide IFN with the ability      to automate provisioning and management of its network, while mesh restoration      will improve network resiliency and service availability.
  • Combined with      Ciena’s 4200 Advanced      Services Platform, already deployed in the network, IFN can support      customers growing broadband demands and data center connectivity requirements      via a scalable, dynamic and reconfigurable infrastructure – from the      access through the core.
  • IFN is managing their      network with Ciena’ s advanced management solution for      simplified/automated service activation and proactive  monitoring.      Ciena Specialist      Services is providing solution      installation, turn-up and testing, along with migration services.
  • Later this year, IFN plans      to deploy Ciena’s 5410      Reconfigurable Switching System to enable efficient aggregation,      grooming and forwarding of multiple traffic types in metro and regional      sites.

Executive Comments:

  • “Our recent upgrade is      designed to create an intelligent, automated network that can adapt to the      diverse service requirements of our customer base – including both member      companies and businesses – and be monitored, managed and reprogrammed      remotely from our Network Operations Center. Through Ciena’s packet-optical      equipment and OneConnect control plane technology, we can offer our      customers flexible, high-powered bandwidth switching and increased capacity      via a simplified infrastructure for delivering SONET, Gigabit Ethernet,      storage and other services.  Additionally, Ciena’s OneConnect control      plane software provides us with a simple and seamless migration path to      next generation OTN, with built in restoration capabilities that minimize      the need for truck rolls during network events.” -  Jerry Haver, Planning and Engineering Manager, IFN
  • “Ciena’s 5430 OTN switch equipped      with OneConnect control      plane software allows IFN to react immediately to evolving member or      customer demands in terms of the type, speed and management of services      without compromising the traffic of other customers on the network.      Ciena’s suite of intelligent infrastructure solutions, which are suitable      to network operators of all sizes, allow IFN to      address any service request from any customer with assurance, while      reducing capital and operational costs through our unique programmable ports      and intelligent service management.” -  Jason Phipps, Vice President, U.S. Markets, Ciena

Technology Leadership:

  • Ciena’s 5430 platform is      optimized for cost-effective, scalable and intelligent bandwidth      management, enabling efficient aggregation, grooming, and tiered      protection of SONET/SDH and OTN traffic types. The platform is powered by      Ciena’s market-leading OneConnect control plane software, which      allows operators to automate labor-intensive operations including      planning, provisioning, and inventory management, while dramatically      increasing network resiliency and availability.
  • Ciena’s      leadership in control plane technology stems from a 12 year history of      innovation and live field deployments in some of the world’s largest, most      mission-critical and most performance-demanding networks, representing      thousands of nodes and hundreds of thousands of circuits.
  • In addition, Ciena’s control      plane substantially lowers network OPEX with      auto-discovery, low-touch service creation, and zero-touch restoration;      and CAPEX by no-longer-needed reserved restoration bandwidth.

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About Indiana Fiber Network Indiana Fiber Network, LLC (IFN) was formed in March of 2002, whose ownership is comprised by twenty local exchange telephone companies throughout the state. They offer data center, Internet backbone, and data transport services over state-of-the-art Ethernet, CDWM, DWDM, and SONET fiber networks, with service in the State of Indiana and throughout the US via a network of national carrier partners. For more information, please visit IFN’s website at or call (317) 280-4636.

About Ciena Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by services and software that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit

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