Spark New Zealand deploys 200-Gbps OTN fiber-optic network link

New Zealand communications service provider Spark has deployed a 200-Gbps Optical Transport Network (OTN) fiber-optic network link from its core network to a “global gateway,” according to Nokia. The systems house has supported the deployment via its 1830 Photonic Service Switch.

New Zealand communications service provider Spark has deployed a 200-Gbps Optical Transport Network (OTN) fiber-optic network link fromits core network to a "global gateway," according to Nokia. The systems house has supported the deployment via its 1830 Photonic Service Switch.

Not surprisingly, Spark has deployed the additional capacity to meet the increasing demands of its customers for residential broadband and business services.

"Today's digital revolution is driving massive growth in data traffic, with businesses and consumers needing to instantly access and share information anytime, anywhere, doing so quickly, efficiently, and securely," explains Colin Brown, general manager of networks at Spark. "Nokia has helped Spark NZ reach a new milestone with our world-class Optical Transport Network, achieving our vision of a data-driven future for New Zealand and underpinning an integrated network including fiber, 3G, 4G, 4.5G, wireless broadband, and Wi-Fi."

The 200G channel, based on 8QAM modulation and coherent transmission technology, can co-exist with Spark's existing 10G and 100G channels, Nokia points out.

"Like many operators, Spark has faced relentless growth in bandwidth demand, largely driven by an increase in video streaming by business and consumer users. By taking a flexible approach to this challenge with New Zealand's first 200-Gbps fiber link, together with Nokia, Spark is well placed to meet continued demand growth while meeting existing user expectations," asserts Ray Owen, head of Oceania at Nokia.

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