Two wins in Oceania for Ciena

Created February 1, 2023
News and Business

Ciena is involved in two major projects in Oceania using its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The first is a trial to provide Telstra Wholesale with 400GE client services on two diverse links between Sydney and Melbourne. The second is to increase the capacity of the Honotua international submarine cable to 300Gbps.

Ciena has been working with Telstra Wholesale and Aussie Broadband since December on the trial using multiple data centres along a coastal and inland fibre path to enable Aussie Broadband, through Telstra’s partner Ericsson, to increase capacity by up to 400%. The trial is using Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme programmable 800Gbps coherent technology. Aussie Broadband plans to set up more 400Gbps connections taking advantage of Telstra Wholesale’s increasing footprint. Aussie Broadband’s new 400Gbps services are expected to be available to all customers from April this year. Telstra Wholesale’s 400Gbps Wavelength services will also be available on other inter-capital routes in 2023.

Steve Long, Telstra Wholesale’s Executive said, “Our deep working relationship with Aussie Broadband has allowed our companies to collaborate on the delivery of this exceptional solution. This live trial is the first of its kind in Australia and we are proud to be carrying live traffic across this type of service for Aussie Broadband. Data traversing over the Telstra fixed network has tripled since 2017 and continues to grow at about 25% each yearLeveraging Telstra’s diverse fibre network, together with our experience in backhaul services, we can tailor backhaul solutions to help future proof our customers’ networks and businesses helping them manage their end users’ ever growing data needs.”

Phillip Brit, Aussie Broadband’s Co-Founder and CEO commented, “We are rapidly growing our business across Australia and require significant backhaul capacity to expand the network which Telstra Wholesale are enabling through the development of 400Gbps Wavelength services. It’s been a great outcome for us and for our customers, with Telstra Wholesale being able to deliver the services to our tight deadline. This fast delivery together with the secure and reliable connections has definitely given us peace of mind with our customers generating higher traffic over the recent festive season.”

Simultaneously, Ciena announced that along with systems integrator Intelia. French Polynesian telecom operator ONATi, a subsidiary of the OPT French Polynesia Group, is using Ciena’s GeoMesh solution powered by its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and WaveLogic Ai technology, to increase the capacity of the Honotua international submarine cable to 300Gbps and support an upgrade path to 5Tbps. The last stage of operations was successfully carried out in October 2022.

The Honotua international cable is a 4,500km submarine communication system that interconnects several islands of French Polynesia from Tahiti to Hawaii. The cable system was deployed in 2009, and it is owned and operated by the OPT French Polynesia Group to supply connectivity to more than 220,000 mobile subscribers, 45,000 fixed internet customers and 16,000 audio-visual multimedia users.

“This turnkey project is an important milestone for boosting French Polynesia international connectivity and we are proud ONATi has collaborated with Intelia and Ciena to implement it,” said Romain Dhalluin, CEO, Intelia.

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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.