Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena expand wavelength capacity 400%

Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena expand wavelength capacity 400%

02 October 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena announce the commercial launch of wavelength services based on 400G technology.

As a result, Telstra significantly increases its network capacity whilst reducing power consumption, footprint and time to market for customers.

Through this upgrade Telstra is now able to deliver 400G wavelengths in its optical transmission network and between data centres. The upgrade comes in response to the significant capacity demands that have come as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, ensuring Telstra can quickly and efficiently scale its core network capacity to meet capacity demands. At the same time the upgrade will prepare Telstra’s network for the next generation of technology demands, including 5G, network slicing and edge compute.

“Telstra’s network is geared for 5G, cloud computing, and applications like edge-computing, and this is a significant and fundamental upgrade to the hidden infrastructure that powers our business across Australia,” said Chris Meissner, transport, IP core and edge engineering executive at Telstra.

“By upgrading our optical transmission networks with 400G technology, Telstra will be able to cater for capacity demands of up to 400% of what was previously achievable. The upgrade enables us to rapidly deliver services to customers at scale without fibre builds, decreasing the time to market from weeks, to days.”

The new enhancements increases Telstra's optical network capacity by 400% per wavelength, allowing it to deliver high capacity services to its customers in a shorter period of time as well as the ability to quickly and efficiently scale the transmission network for future needs.

“This optical transmission upgrade is an important step in increasing capacity requirements to meet unprecedented capacity demands,” added Emilio Romeo, head of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand.

“This critical infrastructure capability forms the foundation of Telstra’s current and future network requirements and ensures Telstra can achieve transmission cost efficiencies and scale to meet the traffic demands that come with media rich and next generation services including 5G and edge compute services. This latest industry milestone will ensure that Australia remains at the cutting-edge of telecommunications technology.”

These new higher bandwidth services can now quickly be delivered with a single card, offering on-demand capacity, from 100G up to 400G. In addition, 700G per wavelength was also achieved between Melbourne and Sydney during the trial – a distance greater than 1,000km.

“The ability to offer 400G connectivity is critical to supporting Australians’ digital-first lifestyle,” said Rick Seeto, vice president and general manager for Ciena Asia Pacific and Japan.

“Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optical technology coupled with a software-defined approach helps create an agile, flexible network that can dynamically adapt to changing customer needs.”

Ericsson provides Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and WaveLogic 5 Extreme solutions for this new upgraded offering.