Ciena Introduces WaveLogic 5 to Fuel the Content Economy

Multiple designs include programmable 800G and footprint-optimized
solutions to tackle network scale, cost and efficiency challenges from
edge to core

(NYSE: CIEN) is extending its leadership in coherent optics with its
latest WaveLogic technology that supports greater scale, programmability
and intelligence from network edge to core.

As cloud, IoT, video, 5G, Fiber Deep and edge computing continue to
create unpredictability for network operators of all types, customer
demand is increasing for coherent optical solutions spanning long-haul,
metro, 4G/5G access, and data center interconnect (DCI) applications.
Ciena’s WaveLogic
innovation addresses these customer requirements through a range
of coherent solutions for vastly improved network economics, reach,
cost, power and footprint.

The market-leading Ciena technology will be delivered in two solutions –
WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) and WaveLogic 5 Nano (WL5n) – to address the
need for both performance-optimized and footprint-optimized solutions.
In WL5e, tunable bandwidth up to 800G provides significant efficiency
advantages over 600G solutions and allows customers to take greater
advantage of the pending introduction of 400G interfaces in the data
center. In WL5n, a range of form factors allows customers to choose the
best option in meeting network architecture requirements for certain
applications based on specific space, power and operational requirements.

Key Facts:

  • WL5e provides programmable capacity in 50G increments over the
    industry’s first single-wavelength 800G solution. The technology
    leapfrogs the nearest competitive offerings by delivering 50 percent
    more capacity per wavelength and up to 20 percent higher spectral
    efficiency. WL5e also enables an elegant evolution to emerging
    400GbE-interface routers, with the ability to efficiently transport
    400GbE client rates at any distance, from across the metro to across
    the ocean.
  • WL5n addresses the market of footprint-optimized coherent solutions
    for 100G-400G applications. It supports a range of solutions that meet
    specific space, power and operational requirements, from standalone
    pluggables for 400ZR single-span DCI applications, to
    extended-temperature, standards-based optical modules for access
    applications, to compact coherent optics with seamless photonic layer
    integration for certain metro/regional applications.
  • With WaveLogic 5, Ciena has focused its investment in key foundational
    technologies beyond digital signal processing (DSP) to include
    high-speed electro-optic components based on both silicon photonics
    and indium phosphide. This gives Ciena full control of the design of
    its coherent optical solutions to accelerate innovation and deliver
    significant time-to-market and cost advantages for customers.
  • The WaveLogic 5 solutions will begin to become available in the second
    half of 2019. WL5e and WL5n technology will be offered across Ciena’s
    Converged Packet Optical and Packet Networking portfolios, and will
    also be made available for use in third-party equipment via Ciena’s
    Optical Microsystems portfolio.

Executive Comments:

  • “With WaveLogic 5 Ciena continues to push the boundaries of coherent
    optics and create a solution that will help reduce cost per bit and
    speed up our ability to turn up services more efficiently. This is
    critical in today’s highly competitive environment driven by our
    customers’ relentless demand for greater connectivity and
    bandwidth-consuming services.”
    Neil J. McRae, Chief
    Architect, BT
  • “Ciena is an established technical leader in coherent transmission and
    a trusted partner to network operators seeking to deploy the most
    advanced equipment possible. With the WaveLogic 5 family, Ciena
    raises the bar once more for the optical networking market. WaveLogic
    5 incorporates aggressive vertical integration
    coupled with a more open business strategy and a bold technical vision
    surpassing the goals of any of the earlier WaveLogic generations.”

    Andrew Schmitt, Directing Analyst, Cignal AI
  • “An important part of Ciena’s success has always been our ability to
    anticipate market trends and strategically invest and out-innovate the
    competition to solve our customers business problems. WaveLogic 5 is
    another example of that leadership ability at work, underpinned by the
    financial strength, global scale and superior engineering expertise
    that affords us the confidence in continuing to deliver as promised on
    our forward roadmap commitments.”
    Scott McFeely, Senior Vice
    President of Global Products and Services, Ciena

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About Ciena

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company. We provide solutions that help our clients create the Adaptive
Network™ in response to the constantly changing demands of their users.
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consultative relationships, we build the world’s most agile networks
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