Join us in Wellington 4th December and Auckland 27th November
Want to help us test an ads-free Geekzone? Register for webpass now

Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Vodafone New Zealand and Ciena complete successful 400Gb/s network trial
Posted on 14-Feb-2014 10:41. | Tags Filed under: News.

Vodafone New Zealand and network specialist Ciena Corporation have completed a successful field trial of 400Gb/s data transmission over an existing optical link carrying live network traffic.

The trial was conducted over a 200-kilometre route between data centres at Auckland’s North Shore and Hamilton, demonstrating the viability of using innovative technology to achieve speeds up to 40 times faster – without requiring costly network upgrades to Vodafone’s fibre infrastructure.

As a result, Vodafone foresees the opportunity to add a network equivalent of “high-speed traffic lanes” for customers with high-demand requirements.

Tony Baird, Vodafone’s Head of Networks, says the trial is a further milestone in the development of its network.

“Our customers are increasingly turning to the cloud and other high-bandwidth services, and we’re seeing an insatiable demand for content, so the need for a reliable, low-latency network to enable the use of these services is paramount.

“This technology offers the flexibility and scalability needed to meet these demands – at 100Gb/s speeds, 400Gb/s speeds and beyond – providing a programmable network that we can ramp up, essentially at the flick of a switch.”

Tony continues: “The trial validates Vodafone’s leadership in deploying new network technologies designed to meet exponential growth in demand for data – and means our customers can feel assured that our network is future-proofed to meet their needs.”

In September last year, Vodafone deployed a 100Gb/s network using Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 technology, connecting New Zealand’s major metro areas – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. At 1,500 kilometres across land and under sea, the connection is believed to be one of the longest 100Gb/s networks globally, and a first in New Zealand. And in 2012, the company connected the country’s first 100Gb/s data network by linking two of its Auckland data centres.

Anthony McLauchlan, Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena, explains: “Vodafone New Zealand is constantly looking to evolve its network to scale and meet the demands of not just today, but tomorrow and beyond. Through this collaboration with Ciena, Vodafone has proven it can support high-speed data and significantly increase the traffic-carrying capacity of optical channels with no change to the underlying infrastructure – and that is a significant coup for any operator in this highly competitive market.”

comments powered by Disqus

Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

A 17 second violation of airspace? Is Turkey nuts?
Created by DaveB, last reply by xlinknz on 27-Nov-2015 16:32 (79 replies)
Pages... 4 5 6

Black Friday 2015 - Post Deals here
Created by Finch, last reply by joker97 on 28-Nov-2015 15:30 (71 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5

How to collect from a debtor - any ideas?
Created by jmh, last reply by Geektastic on 28-Nov-2015 22:38 (21 replies)
Pages... 2

Reliable hatchback for $6k?
Created by TeaLeaf, last reply by Jase2985 on 28-Nov-2015 21:43 (20 replies)
Pages... 2

Ford Eco Sport Titanium-Looking to buy
Created by psychrn, last reply by gzt on 28-Nov-2015 14:08 (37 replies)
Pages... 2 3

Huawei and 2degrees Nexus 6P 64/128 GB offer for Geekzone users
Created by freitasm, last reply by droopanu on 27-Nov-2015 15:58 (679 replies)
Pages... 44 45 46

Weight loss fluctuations
Created by Geektastic, last reply by Geektastic on 28-Nov-2015 23:45 (16 replies)
Pages... 2

Wireless broadband in Wellington?
Created by zhzh, last reply by zhzh on 28-Nov-2015 20:08 (16 replies)
Pages... 2