Comcast upgrades core network to 100G

18 January 2013 |


US cable provider Comcast is upgrading its core network to 100Gbps using Ciena’s coherent optical technology.

The deployment is designed to help Comcast cater to growing customer demand for high-speed and high-capacity services and applications, including HD video, mobile data and cloud computing.

Ciena said the deployment will also allow Comcast to more easily evolve its network and reduce the number of network components, creating energy efficiencies.

“Adding Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 to our already installed 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms lets us leverage that investment to deliver more content, faster internet speeds and enable new cloud-based applications for our customers, while also providing future core 400G scalability,” said Kevin McElearney, SVP, network engineering at Comcast Cable.

“As we scale beyond our 100G network, Ciena’s coherent optical technology will help us to deliver on our ongoing commitment to maintain and operate a high-performance, feature-rich advanced network.”

Ciena will also provide its network management system capabilities and furnishing and installation for the deployment.

“Through a combination of consultative customer engagements based on network analytics and transformational planning, along with state-of-the-art 100G technology, we are able to help customers like Comcast transform network infrastructure so that they can meet escalating bandwidth and service demands,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, SVP, global products at Ciena.