Vodafone New Zealand selects Ciena to upgrade data network to 100G

Vodafone New Zealand is wasting no time to further its growing presence in the region, announcing on Wednesday that it has lit a new 100G data network in the country.

Linking two of its Auckland data centers, Vodafone is leveraging Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 6500 Packet Optical Platform.

A key point of the upgrade is that Vodafone did not have to disrupt service because the 100G deployment can run in parallel with its existing 10G and 40G channels. The platform will also give it a number of near and long-term benefits including improving intra-city fiber utilization and lower transmission costs, but also a foundation to scale as needed.

Tony Baird, Vodafone's Chief Network Officer, said in a release it will now be able to support the country's consumer and business user's growing wireless and wireline data appetites.

"Data use on Vodafone's mobile network has grown by over 125 percent year on year and on our fixed network we've seen a 90 percent year on year increase," he said.

Already a well known wireless operator, Vodafone New Zealand recently upped its wireline presence in the country when it purchased TelstraClear, Telstra's New Zealand wireline business, for NZD 840 million (USD 668.7 million).

For more:
- see the release

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