Is Ciena becoming an OSS provider?
The company says no, but it has been active in acquiring several vendors that solve specific carrier problems that stem from having an outdated back office.
Ciena announced on Thursday that it would acquire privately held Centina for an undisclosed sum. Plano, Texas-based Centina provides software to help carriers by giving them the analytics necessary to provide service assurance and monitor their networks. The acquisition will close by the end of this year.
“This looks like a nice tuck-in for Ciena and a good exit for Centina as they were a small player in a competitive field (service assurance) that is increasingly being morphed into closed-loop, self-healing orchestration platforms (like ONAP) rather than a clearly separate category,” said James Crawshaw, a senior analyst at Heavy Reading, in an email exchange with Light Reading.