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CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena, and Ciena’s Blue Planet Division Earn Proof Of Concept Excellence Award At MEF16

MONROE, La. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), RAD, Ciena®, and Ciena’s Blue Planet® division recently won a Third Network Proof of Concept Excellence Award at the MEF16 global networking event. The Proof of Concept (PoC), titled “Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration Using Open APIs for Service Activation, Performance Monitoring and NFV,” was built on CenturyLink’s network and demonstrated the tangible benefits associated with multi-vendor automation using open Application Programming Interfaces (APIs),  Software Defined Networking (SDN), and Network  Functions Virtualization (NFV)-based value-added services. CenturyLink’s initiative to build open APIs under the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) framework was a key component of this PoC. Those open APIs were developed, in collaboration with RAD and Ciena, to enable automated provisioning and the delivery of orchestrated services in a multi-vendor environment, providing solutions to many of the challenges IT managers face.

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