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Malaysia's Fibrecomm first in Asia Pacific to use OTN switching

AvantiKumar | March 1, 2012
Capacity and flexibility of Malaysian network improved with Ciena solution: Fibrecomm Network.

Ang Meng Hee - Fibrecomm Network CEO

PHOTO - Ang Meng Hee, Chief Executive Officer, Fibrecomm Network.


Malaysia's Fibrecomm Network is the first network carrier in the Asia Pacific region to use the next-generation industry-standard optical network protocol by using a solution from network specialist Ciena Corporation.

"Optical network protocol (OTN) switching along with directionless ROADM [reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer] technology is included in the rollout of the Ciena 40G [40 Gigabit is the network industry standard] solution, to help enhance network capacity," said Fibrecomm Network chief executive officer Ang Meng Hee, on February 23 2012, adding that the rollout, which started in December last year, already has several live network segments.

"With this network expansion, Fibrecomm becomes the first network operator in Southeast Asia to integrate Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and directionless ROADM technology into its core long haul network infrastructure," said Ang. "Malaysia is experiencing a growing demand for capacity, driven by the rapid evolution of information and communication technology. Fibrecomm's backbone network expansion, spans across Peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia - Sabah to connect the northern and southern portions of the network."

"Directionless ROADMs allow network operators to remotely direct and redirect wavelengths along any path in the network, enabling cost effective, fast network restoration during link failures and better allocation of network resources," he said.

"Fibrecomm, which provides telecommunication network services, selected Ciena's advanced optical technologies because they provide a more reliable and agile network infrastructure that can meet our customers' needs where 10G is barely enough to fulfill the continuous demand," Ang said. "With Ciena's proven platform that is scalable to multiple 10G/40G, even 100G, we are well equipped to stand apart from our competition."


 Adding significant network capacity

"By using Ciena's 40G solution using WaveLogic coherent technology, Fibrecomm is able to cost-effectively add significant network capacity without the need for a major network redesign, while ensuring the ability to seamlessly add 100G wavelengths to the network to meet future bandwidth demands," said Ang.

He said that Fibrecomm was rolling out Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, which integrated advanced coherent optics, automated OTN, packet and SONET/SDH [synchronous optical network/synchronous digital hierarchy] switching, control plane, and unified network management to help network operators scale, manage, and differentiate services. "Fibrecomm will also deploy the 6100 Multiservice Optical Platform for aggregation of lower speed SDH traffic."

Ciena vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific, Anthony McLachlan said that OTN, the next-generation industry-standard network protocol, allowed the efficient transport of multiple types of legacy, real-time and Ethernet traffic over a converged optical network. "Ciena has integrated intelligent OTN switching capabilities across its portfolio, including the 5400, 6500 and 4200 product families."


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