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Ciena Sews Up Infonet

Telecom equipment maker Ciena has landed network services provider Infonet as a customer for its core switch and delivery platform.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the order is significant. Infonet's plan call for 30 CoreDirector systems across the network and MetroDirector K2 switches in 40 cities in the United States and Europe. Installation is underway.

Once completed, the system will help Infonet migrate to a "self-aware" infrastructure with automated bandwidth provisioning and management across the network, while also bolstering security.

"The economic benefits of Ciena's next-generation architecture support our objectives of increasing network efficiency and lowering overall costs while at the same time expanding our network reach into additional markets," said Paul Hibbert, Infonet CTO.

Founded in 1970, Infonet owns and operates a network accessible from more than 3,000 cities in 180 countries.

The El Segundo, Calif., company provides a range of services, including: broadband Internet, intranet, multi-media, video-conferencing, remote and local access, provisioning, application and consulting services.

For Linthicum, Md.-based Ciena, the deal comes during a busy week. Earlier it completed its purchase of Akara, a provider of or storage-over-distance solutions for enterprises and carriers.