TelstraClear core network supports 100G for fast data speeds

July 7, 2010
JULY 6, 2010 - TelstraClear has tested Ciena’s 100-Gigabit technology across its core fiber-optic cable network between Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and confirmed the network’s capacity to support customers with ultra-fast broadband at download speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second.

JULY 6, 2010 - TelstraClear has tested Ciena’s 100-Gigabit technology across its core fiber-optic cable network between Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and confirmed the network’s capacity to support customers with ultra-fast broadband at download speeds of up to 100 Megabits per second.

TelstraClear installed optical equipment to enable its intercity transmission network to carry multiple light signals at speeds up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps). Supported by technology from Ciena Corp., the converged optical Ethernet network specialist, TelstraClear has now tested the core network links at these data speeds.

TelstraClear chief technologist William Lee claims the data speeds to be the fastest ever achieved on an intercity telecommunications network in New Zealand. TelstraClear’s existing network leverages Ciena’s coherent solutions at speeds up to 40 Gbps.

“The trials prove that we can now go up to 100 Gbps and begin engineering solutions for customers based on the availability of those speeds on the core network,” Lee says. “We might not need them at this stage, but the capacity is there as more customers look for ultra-fast downloading or when network congestion becomes an issue due to current sustained rates of data volume growth.”

TelstraClear’s existing core network is based on Ciena’s Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500 platform. By inserting 100G cards into the OME 6500, TelstraClear is able to deploy 100G wavelengths alongside existing 40G and 10G wavelengths and carry live customer traffic without needing to re-engineer any fiber routes or wavelengths.

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