Openreach, BT’s local access network business, has outlined plans to extend its suite of high-bandwidth optical services for operators.

The new capability includes the first ever UK-wide 100Gbps service, which is capable of delivering 10 times more traffic capacity than existing solutions. It also meets the requirements for multiple 10 Gbps applications and 40Gbps wavelength services.

Available later this month, the new services will enable operators to transport larger amounts of data, over longer distances, in a more cost effective way, BT said.

In turn, this will allow them to offer flexible, high-bandwidth, multisite connectivity and cloud-based services to their enterprise and data centre customers.

Such customers will be able to offer a broader range of services and applications, including the ultra-low latency facilities required by particular industries – for example high frequency trading in the financial sector or synchronous data backup – BT added.

Jon Hurry, MD, Strategy, Commercial, Portfolio & Policy, Openreach commented: “As more and more businesses move to high-bandwidth, cloud based services and applications, our customers are looking to support them with a much broader range of high-quality connectivity options.

“These new optical services from Openreach are future-proof, and they take advantage of BT’s unrivalled investment in fibre infrastructure across the UK.”

BT has worked with Ciena to develop the new services. The vendor has provided its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform.

According to Nigel Williams, VP global channels and strategic alliances at Ciena, demand for high-bandwidth services and business critical applications is increasing “at an exponential rate”.

Last week, Infonetics Research named Ciena as one of the world’s top five optical networking vendors alongside Infinera, Fujitsu, Cisco and Huawei.

Infonetics analyst Andrew Schmitt commented: “OTN switching had a major year of growth in 2013 as service providers prioritized installation of integrated WDM+OTN switching and 100G coherent technology in the core.”

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