Ciena upgrades CWW European route to 100G

09 May 2012 |


Ciena has upgraded Cable&Wireless Worldwide’s (CWW) 2,800km London to Monaco route to 100Gbps.

The route, which also has drop off points in Milan, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Amsterdam, is now claimed to be the longest 100Gbps link in Europe deployed to date.

The upgrade builds upon a longstanding relationship between CWW and Ciena and was carried out with no network infrastructure changes. Ciena upgraded the system by adding the 100Gbps wavelength alongside existing in service 40Gbps channels.

“This is bolder than other deployments in that it upgraded to an existing system which was carrying real 40G traffic, rather than it being just another bleeding edge science experiment,” Peter Newcombe, VP Sales EMEA at Ciena, told Capacity.

One of the main reasons for the deployment was to cater to increased capacity requirements brought on by the Europe India Gateway (EIG), which is part owned by CWW and lands in Monaco.

Newcombe believes that the deployment is an indication that the industry is now moving into a phase of robust deployments of 100G systems, where, for carriers with large amounts of data traffic, 100Gbps is becoming the most cost-effective solution to deploy.