6500 Packet-Optical Platform


Designed for high-capacity networking, the 6500-S32 converges comprehensive Ethernet, TDM, and WDM capabilities with unconstrained hybrid packet/OTN switching and an intelligent control plane to maximize the bandwidth efficiency and flexibility of the overall network.


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Utilizes 3.2 Tb/s of unrestricted hybrid packet/OTN switching for the most efficient use of network resources

No. 2

Supports the full suite of photonic architectures for service transport over high-capacity wavelengths from 2.5G to 400G

No. 3

Enables simplified operations and reduced sparing costs through seamless networking flexibility with the 6500 Family

No. 4

Supports both muxponder- and central fabric-based packet/OTN switching solutions, enabling cost-optimized configurations

No. 5

Offers industry-leading WaveLogic coherent technology and intelligent control plane capabilities for scale and service differentiation

No. 6

Provides a range of differentiated service offerings through various line and equipment protection options


  • +Physical Dimensions
    • 22U 38.5 in (H) x 19.6 in (W) x 10.9 in (D) (977mm x 498mm x 278mm)
  • +Power Options
    • Redundant breakered/fused 3x60A power cards
    • Redundant breakered/fused 4x60A power cards (NTK603AB only)
  • +Capacity
    • Packet/OTN: 3.2 Tb/s Packet/OTN XC: up to 3.2T
    • System: Up to 30.4 Tb/s
    • WDM: 2.5G to 400G
  • +Number of service card slots
    • 32
  • +Supported service interface cards
    • Packet/OTN switched modules
      • 10x10G PKT/OTN
      • 1x100G + 2x40G PKT/OTN
      • 100G DWDM PKT/OTN
      • 16x2.7G OTN
      • 48xGbE
    • Photonic Modules
      • Full suite of passive filters, 50GHz, 75GHz, 100GHz, flexible grid ROADMs, EDFAs, Smart Raman, and Colorless, Directionless, Contentionless, Coherent Select Architecture
    • Transponders/Muxponders
      • 400G ADM-on-a-blade: 2x100G/200G coherent line(s) muxponder (36 client ports)
      • Coherent 400G muxponder (4x100G) with integrated OPS (Optical Protection Switch)
      • Coherent 400G flexible service transponder (34 client ports) with integrated OPS (Optical Protection Switch)
      • Coherent 100GE/OTU4 transponder
      • Coherent 100G muxponder (10x10G)
      • Coherent tunability from 100G to 400G in 50G increments
      • Coherent 200G client card: 2x100GE or 5x40GE/10GE
      • Coherent 100G client cards: 10x10GE, 10x10G multi-rate, 2x40G+2x10G, 100GbE/OTU4 client
      • FIPS-certified AES-256 wire-speed coherent 100G/200G encryption solution
      • Coherent 40G line cards: metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul, enhanced PMD, submarine, colorless
      • 4x10G multi-rate OTR: FIPS-certified AES-256 encryption and OSP Class 2 GR-3108-CORE variant
      • SONET/SDH 10G ADM-on-a-blade: SuperMux
      • Ethernet: 152G eMOTR, 68G eMOTR Edge, 30G L2MOTR
      • OTN modules: 8-port OTN Flex MOTR (2.7G), 1+8 port OTN Flex MOTR (10G) with OSP Class 2 GR-3108-CORE variant
  • +Certifications
    • Common Criteria Network Device Collaborative Protection Profile
    • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and 3
    • FIPS 197 AES–256
    • BSI (German Federal Office of Information Security)
    • IBM GDPS
    • SAN environments: Dell/EMC, Brocade and Cisco switches
  • +Environmental Characteristics
    • Operating Temperature
      • +41°F to +104°F (+5°C to +40°C) normal
      • +23°F to +122°F (-5°C to +50°C) short term
    • Relative Humidity
      • 5% to 85% (non-condensing)
    • Earthquake/seismic
      • Zone 4

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