Vocus, Southern Cross in Oz roll out Ciena’s WaveLogic 6 tech

Vocus and Southern Cross, both based in Australia, are deploying WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e) technology for their respective operations.

Vocus, a network operator that has links across the country from Brisbane to Perth, via Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide, considers that coherent optic solution will enable them to benefit from greater cost-effectiveness and reliability.

“We are at a significant stage in the cloud and artificial intelligence era and WL6e will provide the capacity required for Vocus to meet the needs of new and existing customers looking to thrive in this transformative period,” said Steve Haigh, general manager network engineering at Vocus.

“With the additional network capacity enabled by WL6e, Vocus will solidify its position as a leading carrier providing reliable and cost-effective connectivity across Australia and New Zealand,” said Matt Vesperman, VP of Ciena in the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, Southern Cross is readying to be first submarine cable operator to offer 800 Gbps across the Pacific.

Rolling out WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e) is a key part of the Southern Cross (SX) NEXT expansion plans from Sydney to Los Angeles. 

The use of WL6e technology in NEXT will allow the implementation of 800 Gbps wavelengths across the single span of more than 12,500 km, providing reliable, energy efficient, and high bandwidth connections to support offerings such as the recently launched 400GbE services from Southern Cross.

Ciena’s technology enables Southern Cross’ network to more quickly respond to fluctuating and often unforeseen network demands driven by cloud-based services, content, and emerging applications that use artificial intelligence.

“The Southern Cross NEXT cable is key to the transpacific cable ecosystem, contributing to improved network performance across the Pacific region – all on top of Ciena GeoMesh Extreme technology,” said Dino DiPerna, SVP of global research and development at Ciena.

“With this upgrade to WL6, Southern Cross will be able to provide customers with unrivalled connectivity, allowing them to enjoy applications and services of up to 800GbE,” said DiPerna.