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Conterra Networks’ carrier clients in Texas, North Carolina and Louisiana are gaining access to 400 Gbps wavelength services.

The services will be provided by Ciena’s WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) platform.

Conterra also serves the education, healthcare and enterprise sectors. It provides middle-mile connectivity to major cities and mid-markets, and features data centers in Dallas and Charlotte.

The company said that it can turn up wavelength services in hours. The network is managed by Ciena’s Navigator Network Control Suite, which offers end-to-end visibility and assurance from a single control point, according to Conterra.

“Ciena’s industry leading WaveLogic 5 Extreme technology underpins our 400Gb/s service, reflecting our dedication to innovation in the telecommunications sector,” Mike Padula Jr., Conterra’s vice president of carrier, education, and partner sales, said in a press release.

“Together, we are committed to providing businesses with the high-performance network infrastructure necessary for success in today’s digital landscape, with Ciena serving as a cornerstone in powering Conterra’s optical network.”

Conterra has been owned by owned by APG Group and affiliates of Fiera Infrastructure Inc. since 2020.

Conterra is not alone in its interest in 400 Gbps wavelength services.

  • Astound Business Solutions launched 400G Wavelength in February. The commercial service is focused on large carriers, educational institutions, enterprises and public sector organizations. The offering uses WL5e and other Ciena equipment.
  • Lumen Technologies said in January 2023 that it had deployed 400G wavelength services across its U.S. intercity wavelength network, which connects 70 markets. The company said it was fulfilling customer orders of more than 50TB of 400G wavelengths.
  • Arelion was on its way towards such services as of March 2023. At that time, the company said it had reached point-to-point transmission speeds of 400 Gbps wavelengths over 1,800 kilometers in a live production network. The demonstration used Infinera equipment and crossed production transmission networks linking Dallas, Memphis and Chattanooga. Arelion formerly was known as Telia Carrier.

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