Vocus taps Ciena for 1.6 Tbps tech

Created January 22, 2024
News and Business

To satisfy rising bandwidth demands and cut energy use across its network, Vocus will deploy Ciena’s WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e) 1.6 Tbps coherent technology across its long haul and metro links. This industry-first coherent optic solution will enable Vocus to benefit from greater cost-effectiveness and reliability.

Optimised for the high-capacity transport required for next-generation routing data paths and associated wholesale services, Ciena’s WL6e will support up to 1.6 Tbps single-carrier wavelengths for metro ROADM deployments and 800 Gbps-1.2 Tbps over the longest links. Apart from helping Vocus prepare its network to handle unprecedented bandwidth demands, WL6e will also enable Vocus to drive energy efficiency by reducing the amount of equipment and space needed.

“We are delighted to be the first network operator to announce plans to adopt this exciting technology after partnering with Ciena to power our links across Australia – from Brisbane to Perth, via Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide. We are at a significant stage in the cloud and artificial intelligence era and WL6e will provide the capacity required for Vocus to meet the needs of new and existing customers looking to thrive in this transformative period,” said Steve Haigh, general manager Network Engineering, Vocus.

“Ciena’s industry-leading pedigree in optical innovation combined with our drive to create adaptive and energy-efficient networks that address surging bandwidth demands is designed to help network providers like Vocus deliver a superior digital experience for customers with even greater economies of scale. With the additional network capacity enabled by WL6e, Vocus will solidify its position as a leading carrier providing reliable and cost-effective connectivity across Australia and New Zealand,” said Matt Vesperman, vice president, Asia Pacific, Ciena.

For more information, visit www.vocus.com.au

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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.