Telecom Lead Europe: VimpelCom has deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical
Platform in its backbone network in Russia.
With the deployment of 100G technology, VimpelCom
addresses the capacity constraints it has been facing as a result of increasing
adoption of bandwidth-heavy services, such as cloud computing and mobile video,
among its consumer and business customers.
The new 100G link connects the Russian cities of Ufa and Samara through 587
kilometers of optical fiber. It is an extension of VimpelCom’s existing
Ciena-powered 40G network, with 100G wavelengths carrying live traffic and
operating alongside 40G signals.
“The claim of leadership in the deployment of a
technology requires that the differentiating quality solves a tangible business
challenge. VimpelCom’s 100G network is, to our knowledge, the first long-haul
100G network deployed in the Russian Federation – but much more importantly, it
helps the operator effectively address the very real issue of capacity demand,
which in today’s era of sharp rises in broadband services many operators have
become acutely aware of,” said Sergei Fishkin, regional managing director,
Russia, CIS and the Baltics at Ciena.
The Ciena 100G technology protects VimpelCom’s existing investment in fiber
infrastructure, by allowing a significant increase in data transfer volume
without the need for costly deployment of new fiber routes.
ADV Consulting’s expertise served VimpelCom in deploying Ciena’s 100G equipment
in a live network alongside existing 40G channels ensuring that traffic was not
disrupted as the new technology was introduced.
“As our customers have over the last few years become increasingly
sophisticated in their use of devices and services, the traffic on our backbone
network has grown exponentially. As a service provider in the leading edge of
technology adoption, we are committed to ensuring that we have the latest
technology at our disposal to address our needs, which has led us to deploying
Ciena’s 100G solution,” said Alexey Sapunov, transport
network director, VimpelCom.