Ciena announces deals with Reliance Jio and BT Group

Telecom equipment maker Ciena today announced its partnerships with Reliance Jio and BT Group.
Ciena at Mobile World Congress 2017


Jio will deploy Transport SDN architecture that seamlessly integrates with Jio’s Automation Engine to realize the potential of closed-loop automation. This engagement will enable Jio to achieve service agility at unprecedented scale, with the highest level of quality of experience across Enterprise and FTTx.

The new Network framework will also give Jio more flexibility in launching new services and faster time-to-market. Another key aspect of this initiative will enable Jio to unleash the potential of its automation capabilities to custom build use cases that drive optimization and efficiencies across the network.

“The addition of automation capabilities is a significant step in our network transformation journey to an Adaptive Network that will enable higher levels of scale and network intelligence, catering to our customer’s evolving digital lifestyles,” Jyotindra Thacker, president, Technology & Procurement, Reliance Jio Infocomm.


BT will deploy Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform to increase the capacity connecting its data centers to the UK’s main Internet peering nodes.

Ciena’s Waveserver provides BT with rapid network scalability to support mobile data growth from 5G, and growing residential broadband traffic driven by FTTP – while also reducing cost-per-bit through greater efficiency.

“We are launching 5G in 2019 across the busiest parts of 16 UK cities, and FTTP footprint is growing on a daily basis. We have to stay ahead of the massive traffic growth that this brings, and the Ciena DCI platform ensures we can do that – making maximum use of automation,” Neil J McRae, chief architect at BT Group, said.