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Ciena launches WaveLogic 6 1.6Tb/s coherent optic solution

Optimised for high-capacity transport required with next-generation routing data paths and associated wholesale services, the latest WaveLogic 6 will support up to 1.6Tb/s single-carrier wavelengths for metro ROADM deployments, 800Gb/s over the longest links, and energy-efficient 800G pluggables across 1000km distances. These achievements were possible by leveraging the company’s expertise in coherent DSP and high-bandwidth electro-optics, including advanced 3nm silicon technology.

WaveLogic 6 Extreme (WL6e) integrates new coherent DSP innovations to provide the above achievements, alongside a 15% improvement in spectral efficiency compared to the previous generation. It can also deliver economic benefits, including a 50% reduction in space and power-per-bit compared to the firm’s existing 800G technology. 

WaveLogic 6 Nano (WL6n), the footprint-optimised solution, powers 400G-800G coherent pluggables to drive cost, power, and space efficiencies in 400G long-haul and 800G metro/regional applications, as well as interoperable 800ZR DCI applications. It can also deliver a fit-for-purpose 800LR design, bringing coherent technology inside the data centre campus for the first time.

WaveLogic 6 will start to become available in the first half of next year. It will be supported across a range of Ciena’s optical and routing and switching platforms. WL6 will also be made available for use in third-party solutions. 


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