Tuesday, 05 July 2022 11:52

Ericsson and Ciena power Telstra’s optical network


Telecommunication companies Telstra, Ericsson, and Ciena have collaborated to add enhancements to Telstra’s optical network and increase its service capacity to 400Gbps.

Telstra’s optical network connects Telstra’s IP routers and switches. It will initially be used for Telstra’s internet traffic and broadband connectivity.

“We’re seeing traffic demands for mobile and fixed growing at over 40% and around 25% per annum respectively, driven by more people working from home and higher bandwidth requirements. This is due to the rising demands of video streaming and online gaming, as well as increased requirements for cloud and data centre connectivity,” says Telstra executive for network and infrastructure Iskra Nikolova.

“Increasing the ability to interface into Telstra’s optical network will allow us to scale more efficiently and provide an enhanced experience for our mobile, fixed broadband, enterprise and wholesale customers.”

Transmitted Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform using its optical modem technology WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5E), the upgrade from a 100Gbps to a 400Gbps interface will improve optical network performance and service capacity while reducing power inefficiencies in the optical network.

The upgrade will also cover four times service capacity while reducing power consumption.

“Ciena’s 6500 platform powered by WaveLogic optics combines the required capabilities and software intelligence, providing optical network efficiencies while optimising its footprint, power, and capacity,” says Ciena Australia and New Zealand regional managing director Matthew Vesperman.

“This milestone achievement will ensure that Telstra’s optical network has the capabilities to meet existing and future demands from its customers,” says Ericsson Australia and New Zealand head Emilio Romeo.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 4 July 2022.

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