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Ciena’s Coherent Routing Paves the Way for True IP/Optical Convergence

April 2023

On any network, whether it’s wireline or wireless, bandwidth consumption continues to rise at an unprecedented rate. Moreover, traffic patterns have become so erratic that traditional transport methods are not able to adapt. To tactically address this new reality, Ciena is completely transforming coherent routing by leveraging its decades of IP/optical expertise and innovation.

Ciena has introduced WaveRouter, a new platform architecture that is built on an open purpose-built router equipped with intelligent operating system software with performance data streaming, integrated with coherent pluggables, and augmented with optimized photonic line systems, for flexibility and programmability. Combined with the MCP (Manage, Control and Plan) coordinated multi-layer network controller, this open and disaggregated coherent routing architecture automates and simplifies network operations, scales and evolves to adapt to erratic IP traffic flows, and fast-tracks sustainability by increasing reliability while providing a better integrated hardware/software experience than other metro routers.

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Stéphane Téral, Chief Analyst
Produced in association with Ciena Corporation

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