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Unitymedia Upgrades With Ciena

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Germany’s leading cable operator cuts data centre power consumption in half while delivering four times the bandwidth

Cloud computing, network virtualisation, HD video and other high-bandwidth services are putting extra pressure on today’s data centres and networks. Escalating costs due to power consumption, rack space limitations and related cooling issues are prevalent on the minds of service providers today.

To continue to achieve full throughput of applications and a high quality of experience for customers, Unitymedia is upgrading its network with flexible grid capabilities and deploying Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent solution.

Unitymedia, the second largest cable company in Germany, is adding flexible grid capabilities and using Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai solution to overcome data centre complexities and reduce operational expenses.

With the higher channel capacities offered with WaveLogic Ai, up to 400Gb/s on a single wavelength, Unitymedia can offer new high capacity bandwidth services, deliver up to four times the bandwidth within the same infrastructure and site environment while reducing the cost per bit, and benefit from reduced footprint, power consumption and cooling requirements.

Unitymedia will also use a number of services from Ciena’s Specialist Services Portfolio, such as installation, operation and testing.

“We need to evolve as fast as our customers’ appetite for high bandwidth applications evolve, and it was clear Ciena would enable us to do that. With WaveLogic Ai, our data centre networks will operate more efficiently, while delivering superior connectivity, entertainment and personalised experiences to our customers," said Felix Baldamus, network engineer at Unitymedia.

“This additional deployment by Unitymedia illustrates the long-term value we bring through our consultative approach to redefining networks with more flexible and scalable architectures," said Keri Gilder, vice president and general manager, EMEA, Ciena


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