Spark picks Ciena for adaptive network with resilience

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Spark picks Ciena for adaptive network with resilience
Ciena's 6500 family

Telco incumbent Spark will use Ciena technology to create a network with adaptive capabilities, which can dynamically adjust to unexpected interruptions such as natural disasters.

Spark is currently deploying its Optical Transport Network (OTN) 2.0, based on Ciena's 6500 photonic line system,which carries up to seven times the data volume of the first-generation counterpart.

Ciena has added capabilities such as Liquid Restoration which can automatically move services hit by disasters across any available service recovery path in the network.

Liquid Restoration can flexibly adjust the network optical capacity to maximise throughput under normal operational conditions.

The PinPoint Optical Time Domain Reflectometer measures fibre integrity, and helps Spark precisely locate and address potential troubles spots.

Other features includes the channel margin gauge (CMG) real-time snapshots of every active channel's performance in the network; the photonic performance gauge (PPG) helps Spark network engineers to detect under performance or degradation in spans that are contributing the most noise.

Spark said the telco used the Ciena capabilities during the recent Cyclone Gabrielle event, which caused widespread landslips, floodings and damage to infrastructure and fibre cables. 

OTN 2.0 is Spark's daily data transport for their customers' mobile, broadband, landline and businesss traffic.

The network also connects to other service providers, and international cable circuits.


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