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Ciena unveils industry's first 1.6Tbit/s coherent optic solutionCiena unveils industry's first 1.6Tbit/s coherent optic solution

WaveLogic 6 Extreme and WaveLogic 6 Nano will meet critical network provider capacity and power efficiency needs, setting a new standard in coherent optics. #pressrelease

February 21, 2023

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Ciena unveils industry's first 1.6Tbit/s coherent optic solution

HANOVER, Md. – Marking another industry first in coherent optics, Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) announced the latest generation of its industry-leading WaveLogic technology. Optimized for high-capacity transport required with next-generation routing data paths and associated wholesale services, Ciena's WaveLogic 6 will support up to 1.6Tb/s single-carrier wavelengths for metro ROADM deployments, 800Gb/s over the longest links, and energy-efficient 800G pluggables across 1000km distances. As service providers grapple with the dual challenge of satisfying unabating bandwidth demand and cutting energy use, WaveLogic 6 supports the capabilities and evolution paths needed to meet current and future network and business requirements.If you defer investing your time and energy until you see that you need to, chances are it will already be too late.

Industry-first performance achievements in the sixth generation of WaveLogic are made possible through Ciena's unique expertise in coherent DSP and high-bandwidth electro-optics, leveraging the most advanced 3nm silicon technology to once again set the standard in optical innovation.

Key Facts:

  • WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e), Ciena's performance-optimized solution, integrates new coherent DSP innovations to provide the highest capacity over fiber, supporting 1.6Tb/s single-carrier wavelengths for metro ROADM networks, 800Gb/s across the longest links, and 15% improvement in spectral efficiency compared to the previous generation. WL6e will also deliver significant economic benefits, including a 50% reduction in space and power per bit compared to Ciena's industry-leading 800G technology today. The first coherent optical solution operating at 200GBaud, WL6e will maximize coverage of 800Gb/s connectivity across networks.

    • WaveLogic 6 Nano (WL6n), Ciena's footprint-optimized solution, powers 400G-800G coherent pluggables to drive cost, power, and space efficiencies in 400G long-haul and 800G metro/regional applications, as well as interoperable 800ZR DCI applications. With Ciena's unique engineering innovations, WL6n can also deliver a fit-for-purpose 800LR design, bringing coherent technology inside the data center campus for the first time.

      • Ciena has a long history in technology innovation designed to help service providers do more with less – less power, less space and less cost. Since its introduction in 2008, WaveLogic has already delivered 20 times more capacity over fiber and more than 85% reduction in Watts/Gbps for Ciena customers.

        • Ciena's WaveLogic 6 will start to become available in the first half of 2024. WL6 will be supported across a range of Ciena's optical and routing and switching platforms. WL6 will also be made available for use in third-party solutions.

      Read the full press release here.


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