BT Grows Capacity for 5G and FTTP with Ciena’s DCI Platform

Network upgrade massively increases capacity to meet data growth
driven by 5G

HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To support growing traffic demands of 5G and FTTP, BT
will deploy Ciena’s
(NYSE: CIEN) Waveserver
stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform to massively 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

Key Facts:

  • BT’s publicly stated plans to deploy 5G in 16 cities in 2019, coupled
    with forecasted residential broadband growth to remain at roughly 40
    percent annually, means that significant new capacity is required in
    all areas of the network, and particularly on the main core links
    carrying this traffic.
  • Ciena’s Waveserver enables BT to quickly, reliably, and more
    economically turn up larger and multiple low-latency connections to
    its data centers. Waveserver supports high-speed data transfer,
    virtual machine migration, disaster recovery and backup between data
    centers. With an extremely compact design that helps reduce real
    estate costs, Waveserver also provides rapid scalability and ease of
    deployment with up to 2.4T of capacity per stackable device to support
    surging bandwidth demands of web-scale data centers.
  • To support its network automation and orchestration goals, BT will
    also deploy Ciena’s new domain controller: Blue
    Planet® Manage, Control and Plan
    which will enable BT to introduce
    the Waveserver quickly and easily.

Executive Comments:

  • “This deployment marks a significant step forward for UK telecoms.
    Today’s service providers are turning to tailor-made solutions that
    add capacity and programmability features with greater power and
    efficiency, enabling reduced cost per bit. With Ciena’s Waveserver
    platform, BT is creating a more adaptive network that can adjust as
    needed to meet changing subscriber demands.”
    Jefferies, Vice President & General Manager, EMEA, Ciena
  • We are launching 5G in 2019 across the busiest parts of 16 UK
    cities, and our 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 – quickly, making maximum
    use of automation.”
    Neil J. McRae, Chief Architect, BT

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better
world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications
services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its
principal activities include the provision of networked IT services
globally; local, national and international telecommunications services
to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV
and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products
and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business:
Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and
Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was
£24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT
Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT
Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

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