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400GbE-ready internet backbone launched across 120 countries

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Telia Carrier has launched its 400GbE-ready network in order to provide customers with a global reach to more service provider networks.

This follows the provider’s successful deployment of more than 10,000 new 100GbE ports last year. Both deployments were backed by Cisco cloud-scale routing technology. The upgraded carrier network, uses Cisco NCS5500 series routers, allowing a level of network density that enables more content streaming, gaming and connectivity. These services will be delivered at speeds ranging from 1GbE all the way to 400GbE.

The ongoing standardisation of 400GE coherent technologies also incentivises new, simplified and partially disaggregated IP over DWDM architectures. The NCS5500 will help Telia Carrier to realise its ambitions to spearhead that wave as it deploys open optical line systems across several continents.

Staffan Göjeryd, CEO at Telia Carrier said: ‘Conventional architectures and technologies built on decades of accumulated complexity and yesterday’s truths fall short in helping us keep up with customer demands for more, consistent bandwidth and a high-quality experience. This is especially true as more value is shifting to software, hardware cycles are becoming shorter and ongoing 400G standardisation is poised to finally disrupt the optical networking market. With Cisco leading the market in high capacity transport, they were the perfect fit to help us reach this monumental milestone.’

Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of networking at Cisco’s Service Provider Business added: ‘Combining Cisco’s cloud-scale technology with the strength of the Telia Carrier network, we are helping Telia Carrier customers across more than 120 countries realise the full potential of what the internet for the future can do for them.’

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