RETN Deploys Ciena 800G to Achieve Industry-Leading Capacity

Flexible and programmable solution connects data centers on the RETN fiber network in Central Europe.

HANOVER, Md. – November 5, 2020 – RETN, an international network service provider, recently deployed Ciena’s solutions (NYSE: CIEN) to accommodate recent rapid increases in network traffic. Ciena’s 800G technology supports important paths in the RETN Eurasian network, connecting key points in Central Europe between Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Hamburg, where high availability of services and low latency are essential for applications such as content delivery, OTT services and video streaming.

Key Facts:

  • RETN deployed Ciena’s Waveserver® 5 – powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme – to deliver 100GbE and 400GbE interconnectivity to address growing requirements for bandwidth-hungry services and applications, while optimizing costs.
  • Leveraging its existing architecture and Ciena’s 800G solution, RETN has achieved the highest standards of network performance and service quality, offering efficient network utilization (up to 800 Gbps per lambda), lower latencies, enhanced security and reliability of services.
  • In addition, Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller is helping RETN improve network monitoring and management by using automation features and operational diagnostics to proactively identify and prevent potential connectivity challenges. This adds additional flexibility to support RETN’s short delivery time, quick upgrades and ongoing service standards.

Executive Quotes:

“As one of the fastest growing independent service providers, we have seen our network experience immense growth over a very short time frame. Today we are transporting record amounts of data. Our European network core alone has 19 Tbps capacity. Investing in our network by deploying Ciena’s industry-leading solutions and experience as a pioneer in the optical market has enabled us to improve fiber spectrum efficiency and better support the needs of modern economies and businesses for fast, reliable and secure interconnection services in an increasingly demanding market.” Ilya Nikishin, CTO, RETN

“RETN has established itself as a leader in delivering international data transmission services. With WaveLogic 5, RETN can address network scale, cost and efficiency challenges, while forging a path to fuel our increasingly digital-driven lives.” Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, EMEA, Ciena


About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive NetworkÔ in response to the constantly changing demands of their end-users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit

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Shannon N. Booker
Ciena Corporation

About RETN

RETN is one of the fastest growing independent European providers of IP Transit and network services, with a unique capability to connect Europe and Asia. It is the only provider that operates its own end-to-end network (300+ on-net PoPs, 119000 km of lit fiber) through Western Europe, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and onwards to the Chinese border, and is offering differentiated terrestrial connectivity between these major markets. RETN delivers various network services across its Eurasian network with industry leading delivery times, lower latency, leveraging deep technical expertise and providing better reliability than traditional terrestrial and subsea routes. RETN Capital Ltd. is ISO 27001:2013 certified.

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Dasha Soroka
Marketing & Communications