Ciena debuts router for converged metro networks

Created April 13, 2023
Technologies and Products

Ciena has introduced WaveRouter, (pictured) which it claims is an industry-first platform architecture, optimally designed for the converged metro network. As part of Ciena’s Coherent Routing strategy, WaveRouter supports the exponential growth of metro traffic driven by bandwidth-hungry services such as 5G, high-speed broadband, enterprise business services, and the cloud. Seamlessly unifying IP, optical, and compute functionality in a single platform, WaveRouter’s scalability from 6Tbps to 192Tbps addresses the needs of service providers who are dealing with unprecedented traffic demand.

The company says that giving rise to a new, flexible hybrid architecture that unites traditional chassis and leaf-spine design, WaveRouter utilises Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics and intelligent multi-layer control and automation for a high-performance and greener coherent routing solution.

Sterling Perrin, senior principal analyst at Heavy Reading commented, “Metro networks are ripe for modernisation, driven by requirements for sustainability, scale, reliability, cloud adaptability, and lower costs. Heavy Reading survey data indicates many operators are seeking change in how they architect their metros. Ciena’s WaveRouter, a coherent metro router, combines IP and optical coordination, open API-based automation, and a hardware building-block architecture that offers redundant power and cooling, along with the ability to independently scale up compute and scale out switching fabric. This is the type of innovative metro architecture that network operators are looking for.”

“Service providers are looking to simplify their networks through convergence to gain a competitive edge in a cloud-driven, always-connected world. Until now, they’ve had to compromise when it came to capacity, operational ease, and sustainability. WaveRouter takes an innovative approach, combining the best in IP, coherent optics, and flexible photonics driven by multi-layer operations for real performance and energy advantages,” said Scott McFeely, senior vice president, Global Products and Services, Ciena.

WaveRouter will be generally available in the third quarter of 2023.

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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.