CityFibre launches first 800 Gbps backbone ring

Full-fibre network operator CityFibre has launched its first 800 Gbps backbone ring as part of its £4bn ‘Gigabit City' investment programme.

Built in partnership with network equipment provider Ciena, City Fibre’s initial 800 Gbps wavelength ring serves 23 cities and towns and connects six ‘super core’ sites in Leicester, Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton, Milton Keynes and London.

The broader, multi-terabit, national Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) programme aims to provide enhanced digital infrastructure for 8 million premises in the UK including broadband, Ethernet and IP services. The duo said two further rings will be added by the end of 2021 and by the end of 2023, CityFibre intends to add an additional 90 locations to the network.

Once complete, the network will connect CityFibre’s own fibre exchanges and ring-based access networks to leading third party data-centres and points of interconnection enabled by Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme programmable 800G coherent optics, 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (RLS) and Manage, Control, Plan (MCP) intelligent domain controller.

David Tomalin, group chief technology officer at CityFibre, said: “This investment will create a superior, physically diverse network alternative, whilst raising the service experience bar for our industry.”

Register now to continue reading

Thank you for visiting Land Mobile, register now for free and unlimited access to our industry-leading content. 

What's included:

  • Unlimited access to all Land Mobile content

  • New content and e-bulletins delivered straight to your inbox