Vodafone New Zealand says it has deployed the world’s first live 400 gigabit per wavelength optical system to increase capacity on its nationwide fibre transport network. The firm, which operates more than 10,000km of core fibre-optic cable, has been working with Ciena and EXFO on the upgrade. Vodafone claims it can now achieve up to 17 terabits of throughput on a single pair of fibres – equivalent to over 700,000 channels of 4K TV streaming at the same time, or more than 100 million simultaneous phone calls. The system upgrade has gone live across the Auckland area, with further rollouts to follow.
Vodafone NZ’s Technology Director, Tony Baird, commented: ‘The meteoric rise of online video streaming, gaming and cloud computing has meant Kiwis are chomping through data at rates we’ve never seen before. This investment is about ensuring our transport network is in great shape for today and ready for the future – it is an important step on the roadmap to 5G and for a stack of other exciting innovations across New Zealand’s sprawling fibre and high speed wireless networks.’