Telstra launches 400G with Ericsson, Ciena

Created September 30, 2020
Technologies and Products

Australian operator Telstra, Ericsson and Ciena have announced the successful commercial launch of wavelength services based on 400G technology, which the operators says has increased network capacity whilst reducing power consumption, footprint and time to market for customers.

The higher bandwidth services can now be delivered with a single card, offering on-demand capacity, from 100G up to 400G and increases Telstra’s optical network capacity by 400% per wavelength.  Building on this success, 700G per wavelength was also achieved between Melbourne and Sydney during that trial – a distance of greater than 1,000km.

Telstra’s Chris Meissner, Transport, IP Core & Edge Engineering Telstra Executive, said, “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.  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.”

“This optical transmission upgrade is an important step in increasing capacity requirements to meet unprecedented capacity demands,” said 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,”

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

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.