TekSavvy Selects Ciena Optical Solutions

Canada’s TekSavvy Solutions Inc. has selected Ciena’s optical solutions to power its long haul fiber optic network that connects Toronto and Windsor. TekSavvy, which is the largest independent Internet service provider (ISP) in Canada owns 600 kilometers of optical fiber cable network ring that includes 18 new and existing PoPs in major markets throughout Southeastern Ontario.

Ciena’s optical solutions will support TekSavvy’s ongoing investments in its LTE and FTTH facilities, as well as its deployment of disaggregated wholesale services across the region. The announcement forms part of TekSavvy’s ambitious 5-year investment plan aimed at improving access to, and competitive choice for, high-speed broadband services.

TekSavvy is deploying Ciena’s coherent optical flexible grid solution. The solution uses the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic coherent optics that can scale to 400G and beyond.  This will enable TekSavvy’s network to scale for high bandwidth applications using minimal hardware, driving improved network economics.

Ciena’s Manage, Control, and Plan domain controller will provide end-to-end lifecycle operations that will unify network and service management and online network planning through software-defined control.

With earmarked capital investment totaling over $250 million, including over $100 million for network infrastructure, TekSavvy intends to connect over 60,000 residences and businesses and to bring a competitive choice for fiber optic internet service to communities in the region. TekSavvy will deploy Ciena’s optical solutions during the first 6 months of 2021.

“It is crucial that TekSavvy invests in our long-haul routes back to major centers like Toronto and Windsor, as we build out facilities in Southwestern Ontario and transition to a disaggregated wholesale service,” said Charlie Burns, TekSavvy’s Chief Technology Officer. “Ciena’s world-class optical technology will play a crucial role in ensuring TekSavvy is delivering the best-in-class fiber connectivity for our residential and business customers” he added.

“TekSavvy’s goal of bringing true competitive choice in super-fast fiber internet for its customers will be underpinned by Ciena solutions which support bandwidth growth and reduce cost per bit,” said Eric Danielson, Vice President of Regional Sales for North America at Ciena.

TekSavvy has been serving Canadians award-winning telecom services and fighting for consumers’ rights for more than 20 years helping Canada to reduce the digital divide. With over $250 million of planned broadband infrastructure investments by 2026, TekSavvy continues its efforts to better connect underserved Canadians. TekSavvy has offices in Chatham, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec and is Canada’s largest independent telecom service company serving over 300,000 customers from coast to coast.

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