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Destination 5G

Only one path matters. Yours.

Eliminate vendor lock-in with converged 4G/5G xHaul transport and intelligent automation.

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Your journey. Your choice.

The road to 5G demands high-performance wireline networks founded on open, automated, best-in-breed designs—fully interoperable, flexible, and built to cost-effectively address current and future 4G and 5G demands while safeguarding network investments into the future.

Ciena’s field-proven 4G and 5G solutions provide the network efficiency, carrier-grade reliability, and multi-vendor automation you need to achieve commercial success by bringing new SLA-based revenue streams to market faster.


A clearer path to 5G

Let Ciena be your trusted partner, ensuring robust 4G services as you upgrade existing networks and satisfy the demands of both 4G and 5G over a common, agile, and automated wireline infrastructure.


Because every starting point is different, we’ve simplified the path forward and minimized risk with an open and differentiated evolution to 5G that allows you to monetize new services while lowering costs via greater choice over your multi-year journey.

5G content spotlight

5G xHaul refers to fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul transport networks that interconnect cell sites to each other, to mobile core networks, and ultimately to data centers, where end-user data and content is hosted and accessed. Take a closer look at each part of the 5G xHaul network in this three-part blog series from Ciena’s Brian Lavallee.

4G/5G fronthaul networks

How should operators, MNOs, and wholesalers converge 4G and 5G fronthaul traffic onto a common transport network?

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5G midhaul networks

Take a closer look at midhaul networks, what they are, and how they’ll evolve to support 5G.

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4G/5G backhaul networks

Whether you’re talking 4G or 5G, C-RAN or D-RAN, backhaul transport networks are required to connect the RAN to the 4G EPC and 5G Core networks.

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Industry-leading wireline transport networks

From cell site to core, Ciena’s enhanced xHaul router portfolio ensures your end-to-end network delivers reliability and performance while you scale and automate your existing 4G networks. Transition to high-performance 5G networks leveraging a common network infrastructure, minimizing risk on the way to a faster ROI.

Forge ahead with intelligent automation

5G network architectures are inherently more dynamic, scalable, and virtualized than their predecessors. With Blue Planet’s standards-based, vendor-agnostic automation software, critical solutions like network slicing and dynamic inventory help bring 5G to market faster, lower costs, and monetize 5G investments. Accelerate your journey to zero-touch 5G networks.

Adaptive IP™ and 5G

5G brings increased IP complexity to the network’s edge. Ciena’s Adaptive IP was designed to simplify your journey, using purpose-built routers that leverage programmability, automation, and analytics to deliver the agility you need and flexibly allocate network resources for maximum performance and return.

Your trusted partner

From knowing where and how to deliver new services to managing and monitoring new infrastructure, Ciena Services is your trusted partner for addressing current and future network needs. Let our team help you maximize your 4G/5G network investments throughout their lifecycle.

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