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Ciena unveils new deals with UK's Gigaclear and Korean internet exchange

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UK-based rural fibre infrastructure provider Gigaclear has struck a partnership with Ciena to deploy the vendor’s 100G packet platform across multiple locations in the UK.

Gigaclear will use Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical platform, built on WaveLogic, to offer 100G transport services in rural regions in the UK including Devon, Somerset, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, providing backhaul connections from London to Bristol.

The deployment will include Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller software, which will automate network and service management across Gigaclear’s network and provide real-time visibility into network operations.

Gigaclear’s fibre network is being deployed across 22 English counties and currently covers over 65,000 homes and businesses.

“This investment reinforces Gigaclear’s commitment to bring reliable future-proof, ultrafast connectivity to both Broadband Delivery UK and commercial customers using its network,” said Charl Tintinger, technical director at Gigaclear Networks

Jamie Jefferies (pictured), VP and general manager, EMEA, at Ciena added: “The proliferation of fibre communities and the need for more backhaul capacity as a result of increased data demands requires Gigaclear to have an adaptive network that lays the foundation for future growth. With an optical network powered by WaveLogic and Blue Planet MCP, Gigaclear will have a programmable infrastructure to intelligently manage its bandwidth, drive innovation and expand services outside of the London metropolitan area.”

For Ciena, it is the latest deployment of its technology, and follows an announcement that Korea’s Internet Neutral eXchange (KINX) has launched a new data centre using Ciena kit.

KINX - a carrier-neutral internet exchange provider in Korea – is leveraging Ciena’s Waveserver platform for its scalable data centre architecture, providing up to 400Gbps in a single rack unit.

The platform offers the choice of high-density connections to optimize transmission costs and provide rapid bandwidth scalability for high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup applications in data centre interconnect, according to Ciena.

Hwang Yonghyeon, vice president at KINX, said: “The rate at which data is shared today is unprecedented, which means high-quality DC is needed now more than ever. Ciena’s Waveserver will enable us to optimize our data centres and better serve our customers, including some of the world’s leading internet content providers.”

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