Unitymedia deploys Ciena data center optical transport systems

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says it has supplied elements of its optical transport system portfolio to German cable operator Unitymedia. The Liberty Global subsidiary will use the optical network platforms to add coherent transmission enabled flexible grid capabilities to its fiber-optic network, thus addressing the demands of its data centers.

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says it has supplied elements of its optical transport system portfolio to German cable operator Unitymedia. The Liberty Global subsidiary will use the optical network platforms to add coherent transmission enabled flexible grid capabilities to its fiber-optic network, thus addressing the demands of its data centers.

Ciena did not identify the platforms it has supplied, other than that they leverage the company's WaveLogic Ai ASIC to support up to 400 Gbps per wavelength. "We need to evolve as fast as our customers' appetite for high bandwidth applications evolve, and it was clear Ciena would enable us to do that. With WaveLogic Ai, our data center networks will operate more efficiently, while delivering superior connectivity, entertainment, and personalized experiences to our customers," Felix Baldamus, network engineer, and Dieter Vorbeck, senior vice president of technology at Unitymedia.

Unitymedia's network passes 13 million households in North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse and Baden-Wuerttemberg, to which it offers triple-play services. As of September 30, 2017, Unitymedia claimed 7.2 million customers; 6.4 million take TV subscriptions, 3.4 million rely on Unitymedia for Internet, and 3.2 million take telephony services.

The cable operator will leverage installation, operation, and testing testing services from Ciena's Specialist Services Portfolio.

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