We invested $2.5 billion between fiscal 2010 and 2019 in innovation that has yielded significant benefits related to the power consumption and space needed to deploy capacity in global networks. During this period, through our continuous technology innovations, we reduced the power/bit consumption for optical transmission by 90 percent. At the same time, we’ve redefined what networks are capable of, multiplying the capacity that can be carried over the network by up to 80 times.
To conceptualize these benefits, in 2020 we took steps to quantify the emissions that we’ve enabled network operators to avoid—as shown by the visualization below.
During the ten-year period from 2010 through 2019, energy efficient product innovation related to our first four WaveLogic generations helped network operators avoid more than three million metric tons of CO2 emissions by deploying our innovative technology. And our WaveLogic 5 Extreme and our WaveLogic 5 Nano will continue to deliver improvements in environmental efficiency, with a further 50+ percent reduction in space and power consumption as compared to the previous generations of technology.
That’s equivalent to emissions from burning 3.5 billion pounds of coal, nearly taking a coal-fired power plant offline for a year. Or, alternatively, the carbon sequestered by more than 4 million acres of forest in a year–roughly the size of the area impacted by the 2020 California wildfires.
“Using Ciena’s WL5e coherent optics between its data centres in Auckland, Vodafone is achieving record transmission speeds to support growing, yet constantly fluctuating, demands for digital services while enabling a greener network.
Vodafone is leveraging its existing Ciena 6500 shelves, doubling the data throughput for each hardware module deployed and reducing energy consumption by 50 percent.”
Wholesale and Infrastructure Director
Vodafone New Zealand
Internet2’s deployment will reduce the overall space and power footprint of the current optical add-drop locations by as much as two thirds, contributing to a lower cost and greener network that supports substantially more capacity.
“Together with superior coherent modems and a proven support system, the openness, flexibility, and greener profile of this network will play a key role in our ability to accelerate discoveries in the research and education community.”
President and CEO
In addition to pushing the limits of performance, our engineering teams focus on sustainable design principles intended to prolong the lifespan of our products and to optimize the environmental impact over their lifecycle. Our software, including our Blue Planet® Intelligent Automation Portfolio and Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller, also eliminate the need for multiple network elements through virtualization, automation, and technology convergence. Our engineering designs optimize power consumption and distribution and system cooling to ensure efficient operation. The result is resilient, sustainably designed networks that operate with lower power and space requirements, and which yield business value for our network operator customers.
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