Openreach Launches 40Gbps and 100Gbps for UK Providers

Openreach has outlined plans to extend its suite of high-bandwidth optical services for communications provider customers. The new capability includes the first ever UK-wide 100Gbps service, which is capable of delivering ten times more traffic capacity than existing solutions and will become available during April 2014.

Supported by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platformi, the new services will enable communications providers (CPs) to transport larger amounts of data, over longer distances, in a more cost effective way. This will in-turn allow them to offer flexible, high-bandwidth, multisite connectivity and cloud-based services to their enterprise and data centre customers.

The optical services will also give enterprises and storage providers the tools to offer a broader range of services and applications, including the ultra-low latency facilities required by particular industries – for example high frequency trading in the financial sector or synchronous data backup. They will also enable businesses to locate in the most strategic locations, with the assurance of having access to high bandwidth, high quality connectivity.

Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach said, “As more and more businesses move to high-bandwidth, cloud based services and applications, our CP customers are looking to support them with a much broader range of high-quality connectivity options.

“These new optical services from Openreach are future-proof, and they take advantage of BT’s unrivalled investment in fibre infrastructure across the UK. They also come with the backing of our combined professional service teams, giving customers access to world class expertise and support from both Openreach and Ciena.”

Nigel Williams, VP global channels and strategic alliances, Ciena said, “Demand for high-bandwidth services and business critical applications is increasing at an exponential rate. Ciena is committed to helping partners, such as Openreach, monetise their network investments to compete in the rapidly evolving marketplace. Expanding our relationship with Openreach ensures that providers get the flexibility and scalability they need to build a competitive advantage in the marketplace, offer a broader portfolio of next-generation services, and the applications critical to the success of their enterprise clients.”

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David Dungay

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