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Coriant Demonstrates Lightning-Tolerant 100 Gbps Transmission


15 March 2016

Scott Larson

Coriant Demonstrates Lightning-Tolerant 100 Gbps Transmission

Resiliency of Coriant CloudWave™ Optics Put to the High-Voltage Test under Simulated Lightning Strike

NAPERVILLE, Illinois, 15 March 2016 – Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end transport networking solutions, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated the resiliency of its Coriant CloudWave™ Optics Solution in a live demonstration of lightning- tolerant 100 Gbps coherent optical transmission.

Conducted earlier this month at the Deutsches Museum in Munich with one of the strongest lightning generators in Germany, the demonstration featured Coriant CloudWave™ Optics- based 100 Gbps coherent optical transmission over Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) cable, which is commonly used in aerial fiber applications alongside power lines. OPGW has a metal coating that is designed to attract lightning strikes in order to avoid any damage to the power lines.

While legacy direct detect transmission technology such as 10 Gbps is inherently immune to perturbations caused by severe weather conditions, including thunderstorms, the evolution to 100 Gbps transmission presents a new set of challenges for network operators due to sophisticated polarization multiplexed coherent modulation.

“In Central Europe OPGW aerial fiber can experience as many as 30 direct strikes per 100 kilometers per year, or even higher in other parts of the world such as the Americas, and these incidents can pose risks to optical transmission stability and reliability unless managed properly,” said Stefan Voll, Vice President of Product Management, Coriant. “The Coriant CloudWave™ Optics solution uses ultra-high-speed processing and advanced algorithms to mitigate polarization perturbations and ensure superior performance and low latency in even the most challenging fiber conditions.”

Coriant CloudWave™ Optics is a key photonic layer technology that combines a leading signal processing engine, optimized integrated photonics, and embedded software intelligence that brings a new level of optical performance, efficiency, and scalability to infrastructure networks facing unprecedented traffic growth. Together with the Coriant Groove™ G30 DCI Platform and Coriant® Pluggable Optical Layer, Coriant CloudWave™ Optics will be among the industry- leading packet optical transport solutions on display at the Coriant exhibit (Booth #1321) at OFC 2016 in Anaheim, California (March 22-24, 2016).

To learn more about the advantages of Coriant CloudWave™ Optics in mitigating aerial fiber perturbations, read our new white paper and watch a video of our lightning-tolerant 100 Gbps demonstration.

About Coriant
Coriant delivers innovative, dynamic networking solutions for a fast-changing and cloud-centric business world. The Coriant portfolio of SDN-enabled, edge-to-core transport solutions enables network operators to reduce operational complexity, improve utilization of multi-layer network resources, and create new revenue opportunities. Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cloud and data center operators, content providers, cable MSOs, large enterprises, government agencies, financial institutions, and utility companies. With a distinguished heritage of technology innovation and service excellence, forged by over 35 years of experience and expertise in Tier 1 carrier networks, Coriant is helping its global customers maximize the value of their network infrastructure as demand for bandwidth explodes and the communications needs of businesses and consumers continue to evolve. Learn more at

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