Bell Canada taps Ciena for 400G wavelength services on fibre optic backbone

Created April 26, 2021
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Bell Canada says it has launched a commercial 400G wavelength service using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology to deliver the significantly increased connectivity speeds and capacity required by the largest cloud and data centre providers, while optimising network performance and energy efficiency.

“Bell 400G wavelength service efficiently delivers the speed and capacity necessary to meet the fast-growing demand of bandwidth-intensive operators moving massive amounts of data and content to the cloud,” said Ivan Mihaljevic, senior vice president, Wholesale at Bell Canada. “Bell’s unparalleled network infrastructure and customer support, coupled with Ciena’s market-leading optical wavelength technology, offers major operators here in Canada and internationally the opportunity to scale up easily, efficiently and sustainably with our highly energy efficient 400G capabilities.”

Now deployed across major spans of Bell’s 17,000 km fibre infrastructure, Bell Canada says the 400G service will continue to grow nationally in the coming months.

“The global shift to 400G is happening and Bell Canada is leading the way by evolving its network to support the insatiable and often unpredictable network demand driven by the cloud, streaming video and more,” said Bruce Hembree, vice president and general manager for the Americas at Ciena. “With WaveLogic 5 Extreme, Bell can offer new, high bandwidth 400G services to carrier and content provider customers between key points of presence across Canada and into the US.”

For more information, visit www.ciena.com.

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This article was written
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.