Ciena powers 100G inter-capital network of AAPT

Telecom Lead Asia: AAPT, a telecommunications carrier in
Australia, and Ciena Corporation announced the first commercially-available
100G inter-capital network, operating between Melbourne and Sydney.

Ciena said the 100G service is powered by Ciena’s 6500
Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors.
AAPT’s internet, Ethernet and IP VPN customers can now connect at speeds up to
100G, addressing the growing demand for high-bandwidth capacity throughout

AAPT is the first telecommunications infrastructure
company to market this service in Australia, providing high capacity between
inter-capital cities.

Three years ago, 1G was the usual customer requirement
and now it is being replaced with 10G bandwidth orders.

The added attraction of this network upgrade is that it
is on our shortest path, taking less than 5 milliseconds between Melbourne and
Sydney. When you couple AAPT’s network capacity to this speed, it is a very
attractive proposition for banks and financial institutions,” said AAPT CEO
David Yuile.

Ciena’s solution has allowed AAPT to enhance its network
for additional capacity and at a lower cost.

This will give AAPT an opportunity to introduce new
revenue-generating services, further differentiating it in a competitive
market. It is a key plank in AAPTs NBN aggregation strategy and will continue
to support even faster, more resilient products and services to the
enterprise market,” said Ciena Vice President and General Manager, Asia
Pacific, Anthony McLachlan.

In 2011, AAPT upgraded its network with Ciena’s
next-generation Carrier Ethernet Service 5410 and 5150 Service Aggregation Switches.

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