Uses Ciena’s innovative technology to provision L-band wave in a terrestrial production network, enabling double the capacity offered by a single fibre pair
London, UK, 17 February 2022 – Colt Technology Services today became the first provider to deploy 800G technology in the L-band across a terrestrial network. This was attained using Ciena’s Reconfigurable Line System (RLS), WaveLogic 5 Extreme coherent optics, and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller. This makes Colt the first service provider to offer proven 100G/400G Wave services using industry-leading coherent technology across both C+L bands, enabling double the data transport capacity offered by a single fibre pair.
Colt is transforming its optical network to deliver the next generation of high bandwidth services and unparalleled end user experience over a fully programmable on demand optical network, while maximising the efficiency of its fibre assets. This latest announcement follows recent news of the provider’s industry-first offering of 400GE Wave and Private Wave services across Europe and Asia Pacific, using Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) technology.
Today, the global Colt IQ Network comprises more than 29,000 on net buildings and over 900 data centres across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs, making it a truly global network that powers today’s rapid and ongoing digital transformations.
Vivek Gaur, Colt’s VP Network Engineering, said: “Colt continues to see increasing demand for wave and spectrum services from our customers across the globe. Since launching the IQ Network back in 2016, we have continued to invest and drive innovation through next generation optical technology to serve these ever-increasing bandwidth requirements. We are proud to lead the market in innovation.”
“This latest step makes Colt an early adopter of C+L-band technology, meaning we can continue to help our customers transform the way they do business and drive sustainable growth.”
Jamie Jefferies, Vice President and General Manager, International at Ciena, said: “With Ciena’s coherent optical technology Colt is adding greater scale and programmability to its network which is essential in addressing demands driven by cloud-based content and services that fuel our digital lifestyles.”
Recognised as a Visionary in the Gartner 2021 Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Colt also received Frost & Sullivan’s 2021 European Customer Value Leadership Award. The company’s recent industry-leading Net Promotor Scores (NPS) reflect Colt employees’ high motivation.
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a networking systems, services and software company. We provide solutions that help our customers create the Adaptive NetworkÔ in response to the constantly changing demands of their end-users. By delivering best-in-class networking technology through high-touch consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com.
Colt strives to transform the way the world works through the power of connectivity – taking what’s always been in its DNA to enable customers’ success. The Colt IQ Network connects more than 900+ data centres and over 29,000 on net buildings across Europe, Asia and North America’s largest business hubs.
Colt understands today’s shifting connectivity requirements and provides agile, on-demand and secure high bandwidth networking and voice solutions to ensure enterprises can thrive. Customers include data-intensive organisations spanning over 210 cities in more than 30 countries. Colt is a recognised innovator and pioneer in Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualisation (NFV). Privately owned, Colt is one of the most financially sound companies in the sector, and because of this, it’s able to put its customers’ needs at its core. For more information, please visit https://colt.net.
Nola Pocock – VP Global Communications
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