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Vodafone New Zealand rolls out 800G technology with Ciena

By Shannon Williams
Wed 15 Jul 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Vodafone New Zealand will deploy 800G technology, the first provider in New Zealand to do so. 

The technology enables extremely high data capacity, transmission and speeds. Using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics between its data centers in Auckland, Vodafone is achieving record transmission speeds to support growing, yet constantly fluctuating, demands for digital services while enabling a greener network.

The term 800G refers to 800 billion bits per second transmission capacity, which is enough to transport 25 high-definition movies in one second or the latest virtual reality game in a quarter of a second.

"By implementing Ciena’s WL5e, Vodafone can better manage network requirements to support its recently launched 5G service," the company says.

The provider will also be able to offer a broad range of digital experiences by scaling from 200G up to 800G single wavelengths to optimise capacity across any distance while lowering costs.

 Vodafone is leveraging its existing Ciena 6500 shelves, doubling the data throughput for each hardware module deployed and reducing energy consumption by 50 percent.

“Ciena’s innovative 800G coherent optics enable Vodafone New Zealand to execute on our vision to provide New Zealanders with access to the world’s best digital services,” explains Tony Baird, wholesale and infrastructure director at Vodafone.

“With Ciena’s WL5e, Vodafone will provide increased bandwidth for a plethora of data-hungry applications, especially necessary as we’ve seen both increases and spikes of data used during the past few months, a trend that is only set to continue as remote working becomes more widespread and New Zealand gears up for a more digitally-focused future," he says.

"The highly advanced data transport system has been deployed together with Vodafone’s optical partner Ciena and test equipment experts VIAVI."

Rick Seeto, vice president and general manager of Asia-Pacific and Japan, Ciena, adds, “Today’s networks need to adapt and adjust quickly to meet rising connectivity demands. 

"WL5e delivers increased scale, performance and efficiency, transforming Vodafone New Zealand’s network to bring exciting new applications and services to life," he says.

 Last month, Vodafone New Zealand launched a new contact centre solution powered by AWS, designed to support organisations with their customer experience (CX) strategies, as well as customer contact and engagements.

“By working with AWS, we are offering the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform service for our customers, with the option to tap into the expertise of Vodafone NZ to help organisations create cost efficiencies, rapidly scale to meet demand, and leverage technology to build unique and personal experiences."

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