Cable Operators

Deliver business services with scale, reliability, and control.

Transform Capabilities to Deliver New Revenue-generating Services

Traditionally providers of multi-program video entertainment, cable operators have quickly become full providers of all voice, video, and data service needs for business and residential customers. These business services must satisfy customers demanding more bandwidth than is available, as well as requiring strict performance agreements with full reporting. They must satisfy customers who expect innovation on a continuous basis while still paying as little as possible. How can legacy network architectures ever meet these expectations? And how do you transform your capabilities in order to cost-effectively deliver new services that drive revenue?

A new approach is needed and it starts with integrating the multiple layers in the network with packet-optical technology and orchestrating and managing the network through SDN. This can lead to reduced cost and significantly improved operational simplicity when delivering new services. Software-Defined Networking solutions provide elegant orchestration from access to core as well as between network layers. SDN and packet-optical transport provide solutions that create lower-layer transport for higher-layer services and provide ultimate freedom and competitive control to the cable operator.

Cable operators who proactively break up, integrate, and orchestrate their networks will better satisfy their customers' growing demands while creating profitable businesses.

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What Makes Cyan Different?

Open and Automated Software Defined Networks

No two networks operate in the same way or have the same devices across a footprint. As a result, the ability to support northbound apps or functions and southbound third-party devices is important for end-to-end management and service automation and orchestration. Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform is an open carrier-grade SDN platform specifically designed to manage, orchestrate, design, provision, and automate services across a multi-vendor infrastructure.

Cyan has deployed its Blue Planet SDN Platform more than 100 service provider networks controlling or accessing more than 50 third party devices from 25 different vendors. Learn more about Blue Planet.

Superior Ethernet and Optical Performance

Cable Operators require both flexibility and scale to handle the myriad applications being driven over their metro networks. The Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platforms (P-OTPs) provide industry-leading optical and Ethernet performance and scale with up to 2.8 Tbps of non-blocking packet switch capacity per node. Z-Series packet solutions provide lower- latency and full line-rate switching across all ports concurrently, at a fraction of the price of lower performing routers. Learn more about Z-Series.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0

Few technologies have had a greater impact on the cost and scale of networks than Carrier Ethernet. Cyan’s Z-Series natively supports advanced Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services and was among the first products to achieve Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) certification from the MEF. CE2.0 functionality is implemented on the Z-Series with connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) transport to provide reliable, deterministic performance consistent with each service's SLA. Read the use case.


Cyan’s single-slot 100G coherent transponder for the Z-Series sets an industry benchmark for density and flexibility by delivering 100G in a single slot module supporting the full range of optical reach capabilities. This flexibility is the result of integrated support for short, medium, long, and extended reach C form-factor pluggable (CFP) client interfaces. Unlike competitive solutions, this means service providers and data center operators are assured that a single slot will satisfy all optical reach requirements. Learn more about Z-Series.

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