C&WW deploys 100G upgrade

Cable & Wireless Worldwide (C&WW) may be in the midst of a buyout process with Vodafone Group, but it’s continuing to push ahead in network deployment.
Today it announced the migration of its metro networks in Hong Kong and Singapore to 100G, giving its assets in the Far East a necessary capacity boost. [The firm is] using Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical platform and coherent technology to make it happen. C&WW 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 it in a good position right now – witness its 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 C&WW though, it probably has limited fiber strands, and thus simply needs to get more out of the assets rather than cost savings from bigger pipes.
This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on Telecomramblings.com
Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.