Partnership provides 800G technology roll-out in New Zealand

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Vodafone New Zealand has selected Ciena to help advance its network with the deployment of 800G technology. 

The internet provider aims to better manage its network requirements to support its recently launched 5G service. It is using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics between its data centres in Auckland to support the growing, yet constantly fluctuating, demands for digital services while enabling a greener network.

Vodafone will have the additional benefit of offering a broad range of digital experiences by scaling from 200G up to 800G single wavelengths to optimise capacity across any distance while lowering costs. The provider is leveraging its existing Ciena 6500 shelves, doubling the data throughput for each hardware module deployed and reducing energy consumption by 50 percent.

Tony Baird, wholesale and infrastructure director at Vodafone explained: ‘With Ciena’s WL5e, Vodafone will provide increased bandwidth for a plethora of data-hungry applications, especially necessary as we’ve seen both increases and spikes of data used during the past few months, a trend that is only set to continue as remote working becomes more widespread and New Zealand gears up for a more digitally-focused future. The highly advanced data transport system has been deployed together with Vodafone’s optical partner Ciena and test equipment experts Viavi.’

Rick Seeto, vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan at Ciena added: ‘Today’s networks need to adapt and adjust quickly to meet rising connectivity demands. WL5e delivers increased scale, performance and efficiency, transforming Vodafone New Zealand’s network to bring exciting new applications and services to life.’

Earlier this year, Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, the international wholesale unit of Deutsche Telekom, also turned up its 800G network using Ciena’s WL5e to connect its data centres in Vienna.

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