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Coriant Lands a New Customer in Asia

One of Asia’s main Internet hubs, Chief Telecom, recently selected Coriant as the provider to increase Chief Telecom’s Data Center Interconnect (DCI) services. Chief Telecom is one of the largest providers in Taiwan.

Coriant is a leading supplier of network equipment and technologies. Its history begins in Munich Germany, in the Transmission Technology department of Siemens. Those researchers took Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and improved and transformed it into Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH). The technology continued to evolve, and by the early 2000s they created Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), which enables even greater capacity for transmission, around a terabit per second. It’s also called optical transport network (OTN).

As the technology advanced, the business structures merged and morphed. Siemens became Nokia Siemens Networks Optical Networks. Nokia Siemens spun Coriant off as a separate company in 2013, under the ownership of Martin Equity. Later, Martin Equity merged Coriant with Tellabs.

The CEO of Coriant is Shaygan Kheradpir, an experienced information technology business executive. He went to Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, as well as a master’s and doctoral degree in the same subject. He was born in London, but grew up in Iran. He joined GTE Laboratories in 1987, where he helped develop network routing, and gained respect for delivering new products.

When GTE merged with Bell Atlantic to create Verizon Communications, Kheradpir became president of the division for e-business. Eventually he became Verizon’s first Chief Information Officer. Under his leadership, they diversified into more services in telecommunications. In January 2014 he took over as CEO of Juniper Networks. Later, he joined Martin Equity, and in September 2015 he became Chairman and CEO of Coriant, replacing Pat Pietro.

Coriant is a provider of optical network equipment and technologies for the Backbone network, handling data, video and mobile. It has a number of international customers, including China Unicom and Telia Sonera International Carrier (TSIC). Products include Transcend SDN Solution (Software Defined Networking) and Transport Network Management System (TNMS). Their technological solutions include Universal Switching and Transport and ROADMs. They help out mobile network operators, cable MSOs and rural network operators.

Chief Telecom chose Coriant’s hiT 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, which will help them keep up with the business demand for cloud-based services.

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