C&W, Ciena Take HK, Singapore to 100G

June 6th, 2012 by · Leave a Comment

cw may be in the midst of a buyout process with Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD, news, filings) but they're continuing to push ahead in network deployment.  Today they announced the migration of their metro networks in Hong Kong and Singapore to 100G, giving their assets in the Far East a necessary capacity boost.

They'll be using Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical platform and coherent technology to make it happen. CWW had already been using Ciena gear in the networks previously, so it's more of an upgrade than anything else. But Ciena's head start on much of the industry in 100G technology has them in a good position right now - witness their recent big fiscal Q2.

That the need for 100G metro links is already here in Asia shouldn't surprise anyone of course, given the substantial FTTH activity relative to the US. For CWW though, they probably have limited fiber strands, and thus simply need to get more out of the assets rather than cost savings from bigger pipes. But I'm sure other Asian markets have similar needs, although of course the network provider would be different.

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