Vodafone is claiming it has implemented the fastest network in New Zealand as a 100Gbps link between two Auckland datacentres goes live. The optical technology was provided by US network specialist Ciena Corporation. Vodafone chief network officer Tony Baird says demand for network capacity is growing rapidly. “Data use on Vodafone’s mobile network has grown by over 125 percent year-on-year and on our fixed network we’ve seen a 90 percent year-on-year increase,” he says. “Now, many customers have started using the internet, email and applications like Facebook on their smartphone, and their home network for content like TV and movies, it is rapidly becoming a way of life and this trend shows no sign of slowing. “Upgrading the network between our two Auckland datacentres to the fastest in New Zealand means we can stay ahead of the curve for our customers with the ever-increasing use of bandwidth-intensive data services.” The upgrade required no re-engineering or discontinuation of service due, Baird says. The upgraded network is powered by Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform equipped with WaveLogic coherent optical processors. This allows Vodafone to improve intra-city fibre utilisation, lowering the cost of transmission and laying the groundwork for additional capacity and speed as the business requires.