Reliance Globalcom, a leading global provider of connectivity, hosting and managed services for multinational enterprises and carriers, has upgraded its FNAL backhaul network in the Asia region with the next generation optical transport technology from Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, thus building a unified platform for efficient transmission of traditional voice-centric as well as packet-based bandwidth-hungry applications.

An introduction of new business models such as content monetization, video broadcasting and distributed storage area networking are pushing network needs beyond 10 Gb/s wavelengths. Deployment of Ciena’s market-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors better positions Reliance Globalcom to address this huge bandwidth demand using 40 Gb/s OTN-based wavelengths across FNAL subsea segments, and between its Taipei and Seoul points-of-presence (PoPs). Matching terrestrial backhaul capacity and performance from the cable landing station all the way back to the inland PoP is critical to building a seamless and cost-effective global network.

OTN’s ability to carry different client services over the same wavelength allows Reliance Globalcom to offer SDH and Ethernet-based solutions over the same transport platform, resulting in flexible and cost-effective service offerings for its enterprise as well as carrier customers. The upgrade allows Reliance Globalcom to offer bandwidth speeds ranging from 1 Gb/s up to 40 Gb/s, with an option for 2.5 Gb/s and 10 Gb/s between its PoP locations, over the newly deployed OTN platform.

By transparently delivering any service protocol without impacting its native characteristics on an OTN-enabled network, customers have maximum control over their services for performance monitoring and recovery during outages, thereby reducing their overall dependency on the service provider. Moreover, OTN’s advanced forward error correction (FEC) mechanism helps improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on the transmission network, resulting in better service quality for real-time applications such as VOIP and video conferencing.

“Asia is currently among the leading regions where the Internet and broadband penetration rates are high but there is still a significant potential for bandwidth growth. Reliance Globalcom is committed to meet this growth by upgrading its network consistently in a cost-effective manner with the latest transmission technologies like OTN,” said Mr. Punit Garg, President and CEO, Reliance Globalcom.

“High-bandwidth applications such as video and cloud computing continue to put pressure on today’s networks, requiring carriers like Reliance to deploy technologies that not only increase capacity but also provide more intelligent, adaptable networks. Ciena’s coherent optical solutions increase network capacities to existing undersea cables and equip carriers to quickly respond to changing traffic and service demands,” said Anthony McLachlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena.

This deployment builds on a long-standing relationship between Ciena and Reliance Globalcom. Earlier this year, Reliance announced it is using Ciena’s 100G solutions to power its European network. In 2011, the companies announced a 40G deployment on the Reliance Globalcom network to support a 5,000 kilometer submarine link along two key routes connecting Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong, with Ciena’s market-leading coherent 40G optical networking solution.

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About Reliance Globalcom

Reliance Communications Limited founded by the late Shri Dhirubhai H Ambani (1932-2002) is the flagship company of the Reliance Group. The Reliance Group currently has a net worth in excess of Rs. 89,000 crore (US$ 19.7 billion), cash flows of Rs. 10,900 crore (US$ 2.3 billion), net profit of Rs. 3,600 crore (US$ 0.8 billion).

Reliance Communications is India's foremost and truly integrated telecommunications service provider. The Company, with a customer base of over 161 million including over 2.5 million individual overseas retail customers, ranks among the Top 4 Telecom companies in the world by number of customers in a single country. Reliance Communications corporate clientele includes over 35,000 Indian and multinational corporations including small and medium enterprises and over 800 global, regional and domestic carriers.

Reliance Communications has established a pan-India, next generation, integrated (wireless and wireline), convergent (voice, data and video) digital network that is capable of supporting best-of-class services spanning the entire communications value chain, covering over 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. Reliance Communications owns and operates the world's largest next generation IP enabled connectivity infrastructure, comprising over 277,000 kilometers of fibre optic cable systems in India, USA, Europe, Middle East and the Asia Pacific region.

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About Ciena

Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit