Press release

Windstream Enhances Carrier Ethernet Services Delivery via Selection of Ciena’s 5170 Service Aggregation Platform

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a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced
that its Ethernet portfolio is being expanded to support the launch of
100 GbE services in combination with improved network capabilities for
10 GbE aggregation. Ciena’s
Service Aggregation Platform
was selected to support both
applications, offering optimal density and extensive range.

“We’re pleased to be working with Ciena to address customers’ increasing
need for high-bandwidth services with improved performance,” said Buddy
Bayer, chief network officer for Windstream. “Moreover, the smaller
footprint and power efficiency of the 5170 means network operators can
add capacity and elevate customers to the next increments of Ethernet
service bandwidth up to 100GbE, while keeping the footprint and costs in

As data center and end-user applications continue to proliferate,
bandwidth demand continues to multiply, the new platform will enable
enhanced areas of business in Wholesale, Enterprise, Carrier Ethernet
access, and fiber-to-the tower mobile back-haul services to support
bandwidth upgrades.

“Ciena recognizes that today’s network operators face substantial
challenges to deliver increased capacity, keep CAPEX costs down and
accelerate the deployment of new services to keep up with demand,” said
Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer for
Ciena. “Windstream’s selection recognizes that solutions like the 5170
Service Aggregation Platform are designed to support their advanced
Carrier Ethernet feature sets, automation, advanced SLA monitoring and
big data needs to enable their near- and long-term success.”

In addition to its award-winning MEF 2.0 Certified Ethernet
, Windstream offers a range of complementary network and
communications solutions to business and enterprise customers including, Wavelength
, Cloud
, Fixed
, Managed
Network Security
and SD-WAN
that are collectively designed to help customers increase productivity,
improve ROI and win. More at


Windstream Holdings, Inc., is a leading provider of advanced network
communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data
networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed
services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the
U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security
services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily
in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple
network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary
cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network
spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is
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