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6500 T-Series

6500 Packet-Optical Platform


With the ability to scale to Terabit/s switching per slot and flexibly route wavelengths without restriction across any one of 16 paths, the programmable 6500-T12/T24 configurations enable service providers to efficiently distribute customizable content to their end-users and provide an on-demand, superior customer experience.


No. 1

Addresses ultra-high capacity requirements using less hardware via converged packet, OTN, and DWDM functions in a single platform

No. 2

Provides significant power and space savings with support of 6Tb/s of capacity in less than half a rack and 12Tb/s per rack day one, scaling to 24Tb/s per rack

No. 3

Supports a modular photonic architecture, providing lowest first-in costs and pay-as-you-grow benefits

No. 4

Provides fully flexible wavelength routing without restrictions using Ciena’s industry-leading WaveLogic Photonics with Flexible Grid CDC ROADM

No. 5

Enables programmability with multilayer control plane offering ease-of-management advantages as well as a wide breadth of SLA offerings

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3D Product View


  • +6500 T-Series Shelf
    • 6500-T12
    • 6500-T24
  • +Physical Dimensions
    • 6500-T12
      • 17RU
      • 754mm (H) x 498mm (W) x 430mm (D)
      • 29.7 in (H) x 19.6 in (W) x 16.9 in (D)
    • 6500-T24
      • 36RU
        1590 mm (H) x 498 mm (W) x 433 mm (D)
        62.6 in (H) x 19.6 in (W) x 17.0 in (D)
      • Shelf in 44RU EIA Rack:
        2134 mm (H) x 660 mm (W) x 457 mm (D)
        84.0 in (H) x 26.0 in (W) x 18.0 in (D)
  • +Mounting Options
    • 6500-T12
      • ETSI
      • EIA 23 in.
    • 6500-T24
      • Pre-mounted in EIA 23 in. rack
  • +Environment Characteristics
    • Normal Operating Temperature
      • +5°C to +40°C (+41° F to + 104° F)
    • Operating Temperature
      • -5° C to +50° C (+23° F to +122° F)
    • Normal Operating Humidity
      • 5% to 85% RH
    • Earthquake/seismic
      • Zone 4
  • +Cooling
    • Energy-efficient, variable speed, redundant, and field-replaceable shelf fan modules
  • +Power
    • Redundant, field-replaceable power input modules
    • Operational input voltage: -40V to -75Vdc
  • +Control and Timing Module
    • Redundancy supported
  • +Switch Modules
    • 500 Gb/s switching per slot, up to 6 Tb/s per T12 shelf and up to 12 Tb/s per T24 shelf
    • Agnostic for both OTN and Packet switching
    • Non-blocking OTN switching, ODU0 granularity
      – ODU0 to ODU4, incl. ODUFlex
    • Quality of Service (QoS)-aware packet switching with 8 Classes of Service (CoS)
    • Redundant equipment protection: 3:1 for the T12 and 8:1 for the T24
  • +Service Interfaces
    • 40x10G SFP+ PKT/OTN I/F Module – 10GbE, OC-192, STM-64, OTU2, OTU2e
    • 5 x 100G / 12 x 40G QSFP28/QSFP+ PKT/OTN I/F Module – 10GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE, OTU3,OTU4
    • 5 x 100G WaveLogic 3 Nano CFP2 coherent DWDM PKT/OTN I/F Module – OTU4
    • 20x10G SFP+ OTN I/F Module – 10GbE, OC-192, STM-64, OTU2, OTU2e
    • 2 x 100G CFP2 OTN I/F Module – OTU4, 100GbE
    • 2 x 100G WaveLogic 3 coherent DWDM OTN I/F Module – OTU4
  • +Photonic Modules
    • Integrated 20x1 Flexible Grid ROADM and Line Interface Module
    • 8-Degree, 4-Channel Colorless Channel Mux/Demux Module
    • 16-Degree, 12-Channel Colorless Channel Mux/Demux Module
    • Pluggable OTDR Module
    • Pluggable amplifier Module
    • Fiber Interconnect Module
  • +Management Interfaces
    • TL1, CLI, SNMP Northbound Interfaces
    • OSMINE
    • Site Manager (EMS)
    • OneControl Unified Management System
  • +Standards/Safety Specifications
    • Telcordia GR-63 CORE, Issue 4, 2012 (NEBS)
    • ETSI EN 300 019-1.3 v2.3.2 class 3.1E
    • CAN/CSA-C22.2 No 60950-1/ UL 60950-1, 2nd Edition
    • IEC 60950-1:2005/A1:2009/A2:2013
    • EN 60950-1:2006/A11:2009/A1:2010/A12:2011/A2:2013
    • Telcordia GR-1089-CORE, Iss.6
    • IEC 60825-1:2014, EN 60825-1:2007
    • IEC 60825-2:2004/A1:2006/A2:2010
    • EN 60825-2:2004/A1:2007/A2:2010
    • FDA 21 CFR 1040.10

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