SingAREN builds faster, tougher network with Ciena

The Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN), a nonprofit network provider serving the research and higher education community, has deployed Ciena’s 6500 packet-optical platform to deliver reliable high-speed connectivity for data-intensive science and advanced computer network applications. 

The network upgrade advances SingAREN’s efforts to collaborate across Asia and the globe in research areas such as cancer genomics and precision medicine to improve how diseases are treated as well as atmospheric modelling to combat climate change.

Powered by WaveLogicAi coherent optics, Ciena’s 6500 directionless, flexible grid photonic line system is deployed in SingAREN to support dynamic re-routing of wavelengths as needed, along with Layer 0 control plane for self-healing capabilities. 

WaveLogic Ai doubles throughput speeds versus previous technology generations, and its programmability offers optimal capacity for any path across the network from 100G to 400G through 50G increments.

SingAREN is also leveraging Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller to improve network visibility and expedite optical management and operations.

Together with Terrabit Networks, which designed and implemented the network, Ciena has transformed SingAREN’s architecture to a mesh network that can more easily recover from fibre failures and provide uninterrupted services for research and education initiatives. 

Additionally, SingAREN benefits from a smaller footprint, reduced cost-per-bit and lower power consumption.

“Singapore is a regional hub that pushes the frontier of data-driven science and technology,” said Lawrence Wong, president of SingAREN. “It is mission critical that our network provides sufficient bandwidth and seamless connectivity to the research and education community.”

Wong said Ciena’s optical technology equips SingAREN with a network that can withstand connectivity demands as they emerge.

“Accessing knowledge is imperative to fostering innovation and discovering scientific solutions to overcome some of the greatest challenges of our society,” said Dion Leung, Ciena’s regional managing director for Asia.

“With Ciena, SingAREN not only enables digital collaboration in Singapore, but also expands its footprint across borders with a flexible network that evolves to user demands,” said Leung.