Cable&Wireless Worldwide chooses Ciena for 100-Gbps link

Cable&Wireless Worldwide ((LSE: CW; CWW) has chosen the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) to power a 100-Gbps link between London and Monaco, Ciena says. The 2,800-km route will be the longest 100-Gbps deployment on the continent, the company asserts.

May 8th, 2012

Cable&Wireless Worldwide (LSE: CW; CWW) has chosen the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) to power a 100-Gbps link between London and Monaco, Ciena says. The 2,800-km route is the longest 100-Gbps deployment on the continent, the company asserts.

The link will also connect with Milan, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Amsterdam. The 100-Gbps technology has been added to an existing CWW network that currently supports 40-Gbps data rates using Ciena technology as well.

Increasing bandwidth demands drove CWW to the network upgrade, including an anticipated traffic surge from CWW’s role in the Europe India Gateway (EIG) undersea cable system (see “Africa, Middle East see boost in submarine capacity”).

“The explosive demand for capacity promises to continue as the number of public and private network connections increases for consumers and businesses and as these connections support bandwidth-intensive applications such as video and remote storage,” says John Paul Hemingway, EMEA vice president of strategic development at Ciena. “A long-term Ciena partner, Cable&Wireless Worldwide is making a highly progressive move in Europe with the region’s longest coherent 100G link, which forms the basis for a resilient, scalable, and flexible backbone network.”


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