Fujitsu Network Communications completed work with Canadian service provider Shaw Communications to increase the capacity and scale of Shaw’s fiber optic network.
Fujitsu provided Shaw with its 1Finity T310 Transport and 1Finity L100 Lambda series blades and the Virtuora network control system to boost network capacity and performance. The Virtuora optical networking technology is modular and offers SDN control. They are designed to help operators like Shaw prepare for future needs with cost efficiency, Fujitsu said in a statement.
Damian Poltz, vice president of technology at Shaw, said the Fujitsu technology will help Shaw’s network be more agile and scalable, especially in urban areas, for seamless connectivity.
Shaw had recently enhanced the coaxial portion of its network to free up large amounts of bandwidth and network capacity. With the Fujitsu technology added to the coax upgrade, Shaw will be able to offer speeds in excess of 1 Gb/s, the companies said.
Disaggregated refers to the practice of producing and selling component parts that were formerly part of a larger, integrated system. “The advantage is that the parts come in a small form factor and have versatility and open interfaces,” Yu explained. Fujitsu’s 1Finity products, for example, are being marketed to “be more open than proprietary,” he added. “That’s lower cost.”
Fujitsu and Shaw didn’t discuss the cost of their work together. The newer 1Finity T310 is a 200 Gb/s muxponder with 20 x 10 GbE interfaces. A muxponder is similar to a transponder with the added ability to multiplex multiple client interfaces.
Yu said the market for disaggregated wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) is a fast-growing segment of the networking market. The global WDM market was $13 billion in 2018.
Fujitsu ranks No. 4 in WDM revenues in North America, controlling about 10 percent of the $3.2 billion market in 2018, Yu said. Ciena ranks No. 1 with 30 percent market share, followed by Cisco and Infinera, each with about 17 percent market share. Infinera bought rival Coriant in October.