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Vodafone NZ claims ‘world first’ live deployment of 400 GB system

Vodafone New Zealand is claiming a world first live deployment of a 400 gigabit per wavelength optical system which it maintains is a major step in future-proofing its national transport network.

The NZ telco claims the deployment dramatically increases capacity over its fibre optic footprint and it now owns, operates and wholesales capacity on more than 10,000 kilometres of core fibre optic cable, dedicated to hauling “enormous quantities” of consumer and business data up and down the country and to the world.

The data transport system has been deployed in partnership with Vodafone’s optical partner Ciena and test equipment experts, EXFO.

According to Vodafone technology director Tony Baird, “the meteoric rise of online video streaming, gaming and cloud computing has meant Kiwis are chomping through data at rates we’ve never seen before”.

“This investment is about ensuring our transport network is in great shape for today and ready for the future – it is an important step on the roadmap to 5G and for a stack of other exciting innovations across New Zealand’s sprawling fibre and high speed wireless networks.

“It also represents some of the most advanced technology in Vodafone New Zealand’s network, capable of carrying 44 x 400 gigabits of capacity across a single fibre pair.”

According to Baird, in the “world first live deployment”, Vodafone can now achieve up to 17 terabits of throughput on a single pair of fibres – equivalent to over 700,000 channels of 4K TV streaming at the same time or more than 100 million simultaneous phone calls.

Anthony McLachlan, vice-president and general manager, Ciena Asia Pacific, said, “Vodafone New Zealand is increasing capacity to support ever-growing consumer data consumption, mobile coverage and internet connections, as well as provide services for wholesale carriers and large enterprise customers.

“This upgrade will also prepare Vodafone New Zealand for emerging data-hungry applications, on top of the ones we already see today including 4K video, HD audio, IOT and even virtual reality.”

McLachlan says Vodafone’s 400 gigabit Ciena WaveLogic Ai system is now carrying live customer traffic across the Auckland metro region with plans underway for further expansions.

Vodafone says the system will be expanded to include a medium haul route during September along with the initiation of a long haul trial between islands and will also be used to trial a long haul route between north and south islands during October.

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).