Gigaclear upgrades rural fibre network with Ciena

Created January 4, 2019
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Gigaclear Networks, the UK provider of full-fibre broadband connectivity to rural communities, has deployed a 100G transport network across multiple countryside locations powered by optical and intelligent software solutions from Ciena.

Gigaclear’s network is being deployed across 22 English counties and currently covers over 65,000 homes and businesses, delivering fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) symmetrical, gigabit (1Gbps) connectivity to under-served communities. The enhanced network will enable internet service providers to offer advanced services, such as HD video streaming, to business and residential customers. With the new network upgrade rural regions in the counties of Devon, Somerset, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire will benefit from greater access to high-speed services with rapid backhaul connections from London to Bristol and Northampton.

Leveraging Ciena’s 6500 packet optical platform powered by WaveLogic coherent optics, Gigaclear will meet increasing 100G bandwidth requirements and offer a robust infrastructure that is highly scalable and cost-effective, said the provider. Another benefit of the deployment is 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.

“This investment reinforces Gigaclear’s commitment to bring reliable future-proof, ultrafast connectivity to customers,” said Charl Tintinger, technical director at Gigaclear Networks.

Jamie Jefferies, vice president and general manager for EMEA at Ciena, said: “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. It now has a programmable infrastructure to intelligently manage its bandwidth, drive innovation and expand services outside of the London metropolitan area.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation