Brian Lavallée is the Senior Director of Solutions Marketing with global responsibility for Ciena’s 5G, Routing & Switching, and Submarine networking solutions. Brian has over 20 years of telecommunications experience with past roles in Product Line Management, Systems Engineering, Research & Development, and Manufacturing. During his career, he has worked in various areas of optical networking including access, metro, regional, long-haul, and submarine networks. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Concordia University and an MBA in Marketing from McGill University, both located in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
Submarine cable operators consider many factors when they choose their terrestrial backhaul operators, like the high availability of their network. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains what factors you need to look at to protect your terrestrial
For historical, economic, political, and other reasons, the transatlantic submarine cable route has reigned as the king of bandwidth for over 150 years. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, discusses this critically
As submarine cables evolve to take advantage of new innovations, complexities in the channel planning process are introduced. Ciena’s Submarine Expert Brian Lavallée explains how we got here and options for simplifying this critical process.
A few weeks ago, Altibox Carrier announced that the NO-UK submarine cable system achieved record-breaking 800Gb/s line rate with Ciena—an industry first over repeatered submarine cables. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée discusses this important industry
Is it possible to detect undersea earthquakes and tsunamis without sensors attached to wet plants, old and new? Yes, by detecting State of Polarization (SOP) changes using coherent optical modems. This novel detection is exactly what Ciena is
5G has quickly gone from hype to reality with live commercial deployments taking place worldwide. How can network operators best compete in this hyper-competitive market to help them own the edge? By taking an adaptive approach to designing
Ciena’s 5G expert, Brian Lavallée, provides additional details on the company’s joint efforts with Samsung announced last October to deliver best-in-breed, end-to-end 5G network solutions.
What happened in the submarine networking industry in 2021 and what does this mean for 2022? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains.
What are Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite networks and how will they help to provide connectivity to new areas? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains and takes a look at how satellite network operator Telesat is doing just that.
Africa has surpassed other continents in international bandwidth growth for the past four years fostering new submarine cable builds. Although increasing international capacity is critical to Africa, it’s also important to move data to and from
Africa leads the globe in international bandwidth growth. With the fastest growth rate over the last four years and eight new cables in the works over the next few years, this is an emerging market with key network infrastructure projects to watch.
Ciena’s submarine network experts have created four free handbooks to help you understand and benefit from Open Submarine Cables—all available in one easy download! Get your bundle today and take a deep dive into Open Submarine Cables.
How can a new and better way to perform submarine cable link budgeting address challenges associated with the open submarine cable model? Brian Lavallée explains why the submarine network industry is moving towards these new metrics and how you can
The adoption of the Open Submarine Cable business model is well underway. What does that mean for how to manage them and what a submarine cable operator needs to know? Ciena’s Brian Lavallee explains.
What’s on the submarine network technology horizon in 2021? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains.
Brian Lavallée, Senior Director of Submarine Network Solutions Marketing at Ciena, sat down with Facebook's Steve Grubb, a key member of the Global Optical Architecture team, to discuss recent activities that took place on its transatlantic MAREA
What are the current challenges and opportunities for today's submarine networks? What's next? Find out what in our webinar with TeleGeography
Learn about how GCI, to better address the latest bandwidth rush from Alaskan wholesalers, the federal government, and content providers, will be upgrading their Alaska United East and Alaska United West cables with Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme submarine
Ciena’s Brian Lavallée sits down with our resident submarine networking expert, Priyanth Mehta, to get his view on the soon to be published International Telecommunication Union (ITU) standard G.977.1 and what it will mean for the submarine
What if cable operators could leverage software-based advancements to improve the operation and maintenance of their submarine networks? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains how Ciena Insights Service, which leverages the latest optical hardware and
Not sure what xHaul is or why it's critical to the success of 5G? xHaul refers to fronthaul, midhaul, and backhaul transport networks that interconnect cell sites to each other, to the core network, and ultimately to data centers, where accessed
Ciena’s submarine networking expert Brian Lavallée discusses how the move towards Edge Cloud will affect submarine networks and how traffic patterns will change as end-users, humans and machines, increasingly require storage and compute closer to
In this third and final blog in the series, we’ll look at 4G/5G backhaul networks. Whether you’re talking 4G or 5G, Centralized/Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) or Distributed RAN (D-RAN), backhaul transport networks are required to connect
Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) cables are a key focus area for submarine network innovation in 2020. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains how SDM cables offer massive increases in submarine cable carrying capacity and the challenges associated
Ciena's Brian Lavallée sat down recently with Hawaiki Chief Executive Officer, Rémi Galasso to discuss the firm’s mission to transform the Pacific with its world-class subsea cable system.
In the second part of Brian Lavallée’s series on xHaul networks, he takes a look at midhaul networks, what they are, and how they’ll evolve to support 5G networks.
What are the benefits of opening the Radio Access Network (RAN) and what is the industry doing to drive this change? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains.
Our latest eBook helps you to better understand Spectrum Sharing so you can make more informed business and technology decisions.
Not sure what xHaul is or why it's critical to the success of 5G? How should operators, MNOs and wholesalers alike, converge 4G and 5G fronthaul traffic onto a common transport network? Brian Lavallée explains in part 1 of a 3-part series on xHaul
Ciena’s Submarine Networking expert Brian Lavallée takes a look at how the ongoing cross-pollination of terrestrial and data center technologies is benefiting next-generation submarine networks, as the share of transoceanic traffic is
Ciena’s submarine networking expert, Brian Lavallée, highlights key areas for focused innovation throughout 2020.
Are you familiar with unrepeatered submarine cables? As Ciena’s Brian Lavallée often gets asked about this lesser-known technology, he took some time to explain what they are, when to use them, and why they’re important.
What are open submarine cables? Brian Lavallée introduces our Submarine Cables Handbook that explains all of this, and much more.
Will you be at Submarine Network World 2019 in Singapore next week? Find out what topics have us excited – and how you can learn about the state of the submarine industry.
With network infrastructure as critical as submarine cables, we’re constantly seeing new cables being announced and new technological milestones being achieved – but what’s real? Learn the difference between a hero trial, real-world trial, and
How are key trends like machine learning, artificial intelligence, 5G, security, and the growth of data centers impacting submarine networks? Find out what experts from Southern Cross and Ciena think is next for this critical infrastructure.
It’s that time of year again, our popular Packet Networking Summer Webinar Series has returned! Find out what topics we will cover and get your chance to register for these can’t miss sessions.
What are SMART cables and how are scientists looking to use them to understand more about our oceans? Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains the potential benefits and challenges ahead.
The International Cable Protection Committee (ICPC) is meeting this week in San Diego for their annual plenary session. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains why the mission of this committee, to promote the protection of submarine cable networks, is
The news from SubOptic? Let’s start with our successful single-wavelength 500G field trial over a 9,000km transpacific cable. Ciena’s Brian Lavallee explains more about this milestone as well as other highlights from this important technical
As the proud host of the triennial SubOptic 2019 submarine network industry event, Ciena welcomes you to New Orleans, Louisiana! Find out about what we have going on at the show.
The dynamic mobile networking industry will converge in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress (MWC) from February 25-28 to showcase the latest in technologies aimed at improving our preferred Internet access vehicle of choice – our increasingly
Ciena’s Submarine Network Expert, Brian Lavallée, just got back from PTC19, where 5G, Shannon’s Limit, and Spatial Division Multiplexing (SDM) were all hot topics.
Intercontinental network connections do not stop at the beach. Learn how companies like NJFX, Zayo, and Ciena work together to get your data from the beach to you.
We sit down with Amy Marks, CEO of XSite Modular, a leading cable landing station builder, to get her valuable insights on the submarine network industry and understand what is driving the latest innovations for landing stations.
Submarine networking operators continue to need new innovations in order to meet the evolving needs of this critical infrastructure. Ciena’s submarine networking expert Brian Lavallée highlights the seven areas that will be the submarine
You want to know if your submarine network is operating correctly right? Well, why not ask the network itself? Ciena’s submarine expert Brian Lavallée explains how network operators can use predictive analytics to take real actions to optimize
The Internet of Things is coming, and there is a litany of ways they can be connected to the network. Ciena's Brian Lavallée details the options, and where 5G fits among the choices for IoT connectivity.
Fiber is the workhorse of today's global network infrastructure. But what do you do when fiber is just not an option? Ciena's Brian Lavallée details the real-world situations that often dictate the choice between fiber and wireless links for uses
With the world's data centers increasingly connected across continents, there's now a critical symbiotic relationship between submarine and terrestrial network operators. Ciena's Brian Lavallée details how Colt and Tata Communications are working
Contrary to popular belief, 5G isn’t just about the Radio Access Network (RAN) and fancy new smartphones. The next generation of mobile networks will need a lot of help from wireline technologies to deliver on its noteworthy promises.
Ciena’s submarine expert Brian Lavallée explains how submarine cables, so critical to our everyday communications, are protected and how the ICPC helps.
It’s projected that Internet Content Providers will soon account for the majority of submarine traffic in all regions of the world. Ciena’s Brian Lavallée explains how this growth is driving the need more network capacity to interconnect
Ciena’s Brian Lavallée looks at five of the more popular myths, debunks them, and talks about what we’re likely to see in the marketplace.
With tens of thousands of new kilometers and over a billion dollars of capital investment planned in new submarine cables – the LATAM market sure is hot. As we get ready for the Capacity LATAM event in Rio de Janeiro, Ciena’s Brian Lavallée
An exciting initiative was launched today that will lay the groundwork for the first 5G next generation network collaboration platform in Canada that will advance 5G networks around the world, and we’re a part of it.
5G is the hottest topic in the wireless industry these days, but as Ciena’s Brian Lavallee explains, it means a massive upgrade to wireline network infrastructure as well. That’s why today Ciena has unveiled new capabilities to help network
Ongoing growth in subsea bandwidth demand has the industry looking for new technologies that can further expand submarine cable capacity. Ciena's Brian Lavallee details how L-band spectrum and spectrum sharing could provide an answer.
The path to 5G can be a long, costly, and complex journey fraught with risk, challenges, and of course, significant opportunities and benefits. Enter Ciena 5G Boot Camp.
In advance of PTC’18, Ciena’s Brian Lavallée sat down with Jean-Sébastien Tassé of EXFO to discuss the importance and intricacies of properly measuring OSNR across submarine cable networks.
The online world is acting as a disruptor to the retail industry. But the same tools that allow consumers to become increasingly informed -- networks and data analytics -- can also be leveraged by retailers to gain competitive advantage.
The tech and telecom industry descends on São Paulo, Brazil, this week for Futurecom 2017. Ciena's Brian Lavallée details the latest in the Latin American market and the submarine cable networks that increasingly connect the region.
There’s a looming limit to how many bits can be crammed into an optical fiber, known as the Shannon Limit. Ciena's Brian Lavallée details what it means and how the industry is finding creating solutions.
Ciena's Brian Lavallée explains where we are (and where we're going) on the road to autonomous networks.
Ciena's Brian Lavallée answers some of the key questions about the future of 5G in a Q&A session.
Ciena’s Brian Lavallée delves into the depths of submarine networks and their importance to global communications, and how Ciena’s new GeoMesh Extreme allows submarine cable operators to integrate several technology advancements to enable an
Eastern Light is a Swedish-based company that aims to change how bandwidth is carried around Northern Europe, a hotbed of data center activity, by offering long-haul international dark fiber networks.
Ciena’s Brian Lavallée talks with Sven Freudenfeld of Lanner, Ciena’s newest Blue Orbit partner, about the company and the evolution of the NFV market space.
The International Cable Protection Committee plays a critical role in protecting the world's subsea cable networks, and it's about to celebrate 60 years, says Ciena's Brian Lavallée
As submarine traffic is increasingly dominated by packets going forward, native packet switches will eventually relegate SIE to the boneyard of obsolete technologies.
Ciena's subsea expert Brian Lavallée tests your knowledge of the world of submarine cable networks with this list of facts and figures.
Open Cables, APIs, and big data analytics have and will continue to change everything going forward, says Ciena's Brian Lavallee, including with submarine networks.
Ciena's Brian Lavallée introduces the concept of Distributed NFV, or D-NFV, and why service providers are increasingly looking at it as they begin to roll out virtualized network functions to their customers.
Tampnet, a Norwegian based global operator, uses Ciena gear to support the operation of the largest offshore multi-terabit, low latency optical network in the North Sea
The 5G bandwidth promise is a whopping 10Gbps to each end user. But what would someone actually do with this amount of bandwidth?
Back in 2010, under the auspices of the IEEE, the Reliability of Global Undersea Cable Communications Infrastructure (ROGUCCI) report was issued.
Learn the history of the first reliable subsea cable across the Atlantic in 1866 and how fast transmission speed has improved over the last century and a half.
Report in 2010 found that nearly 100 percent of the world’s intercontinental electronic communications traffic is carried by the undersea cable infrastructure
Meet Erik. Erik is a submarine network field technician. Erik has a tough job. Let's look at all the challenges he faces in trying to get the job done.
At SubOptic 2016, which was held in beautiful Dubai a few weeks ago, hundreds of enthusiastic attendees discussed (and debated) the future of submarine networks..
New submarine cables, especially those owned and operated by ICPs, should land in non-traditional locations that are closer to the actual data centers being served. Ciena's Brian Lavallée digs into the details.
Even as many of today's networks are moving to open architectures, submarine cable networks have remained closed and proprietary. But that is finally changing, says Ciena's submarine networks expert Brian Lavallée. As he explains in this blog
Ciena’s Brian Lavallée takes a deep dive into the coming world of 5G and shows why the exact details of what a 5G network will look like is still up for debate.
Ciena's 8700 Packetwave Platform now has a new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for 100GbE services, which was presented by the MEF at this week's GEN15 event in Dallas, TX
What is gridless networking? Brian Lavallée, who heads up submarine networks industry marketing for Ciena, provides some insight.
Our expert Brian Lavallée explains both mobile backhaul and fronthaul and how they address the growing challenge of helping transport today’s massive mobile traffic loads.
Smart Cities are coming, and 5G network slicing technology will enable them, with its ability to enable the critical services that smart cities will deploy.
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