Ciena inks deal with Nepal ISP Vianet Communications

Ciena today announced its technology deal with Vianet Communications, a fixed broadband operator in Nepal.
Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical PlatformVianet aims to achieve better capacity, flexibility and resiliency by the deployment of Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5160 Service Aggregation Switch in its broadband network in Nepal.

Vianet, which has more than 70,000 customers and introduced FTTH technology in Nepal, is deploying Ciena’s 6500 platform to improve intra-city connectivity in Kathmandu and provide international connectivity between Nepal and other countries.

Ciena said the 6500 will also help to streamline operations and optimize footprint, power and capacity.

Ciena’s network management software will enable a greater level of control over Vianet’s network, providing visibility of its services across all transport, switching and packet elements. Vianet will be able to rapidly deploy new services and optimize the use of current network and bandwidth assets, Ryan Perera, vice president and general manager of Ciena India, said.

Vianet is also deploying Ciena’s 5160 Service Aggregation Switch to efficiently deliver and aggregate large quantities of packet data while meeting stringent service level agreements, said Prasanna Pokhrel, CEO of Vianet.

Nokia, the second largest telecom network maker, in December said and Vianet will deploy FTTH network across Nepal to connect more than 200,000 customers with ultra-broadband access by 2019.

Finland-based Nokia said the multi-year project includes deploying over 100,000 of Nokia’s GPON Optical Network Terminals (ONTs). Nokia’s GPON fiber solution will help Vianet to build up to 2.5 Gbps capable network per subscriber.