Monday, July 5, 2010

TelstraClear Tests Ciena's 100G

TelstraClear has successfully tested Ciena's 100 Gbps optical transmission technology in its core fiber network between Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Next-generation optical equipment has been installed to enable its intercity transmission network to carry multiple light signals at speeds up to 100 Gbps.

TelstraClear's existing network leverages Ciena's coherent solutions at speeds up to 40 Gbps. The network includes Ciena's Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform. By simply inserting 100G cards into the OME 6500, TelstraClear is able to deploy 100G wavelengths alongside existing 40G and 10G wavelengths and thereby carry live customer traffic without needing to re-engineer any fibre routes or wavelengths.

"The trials prove that now we can now go up to 100 Gbps and begin engineering solutions for customers based on the availability of those speeds on the core network," said TelstraClear Chief Technologist William Lee.
"We might not need them at this stage, but the capacity is there as more customers look for ultra fast downloading or when network congestion becomes an issue due to current sustained rates of data volume growth."

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