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Ericsson and Ciena announce strategic global agreement

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) said they have signed a strategic global agreement to develop joint transport solutions for IP-optical convergence and service provider software-defined networking.

As part of this agreement, Ericsson offers Ciena´s Converged Packet Optical portfolio, including the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and 5400 family.

Ericsson will benefit from Ciena´s best-in-class optical technology leadership, including its WaveLogic coherent optical processors and global market presence. Combined with Ericsson´s strong IP portfolio and Global Services organization, service providers will be able to deploy IPoWDM technology and to evolve their transport network into a SDN-enabled infrastructure. This will result in lower total cost of ownership and faster deployment of new services.

Ciena is a network specialist. Its website is at, on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn

Ericsson is a provider of communications technology and services. Founded in 1876, it is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Its website is at


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