Lumen Technologies keeps making investments to strengthen its network. First, with the growth of its intercity dark fiber network in the United States. Now that its 400 Gbps (400G) wavelength network is being built up. Wavelength services would provide Lumen’s network more value and give companies the dedicated, secured connectivity they will probably need.
The intercity wavelength network for the US has been set up by Lumen Technologies in 70 markets. Customers would now have a wide range of routing choices at their disposal for creating robust core digital networks. Currently, more than 240 data centers have 400G Lumen Wavelength Services activated, and the network can support more than 800TB of data.
Over 50TB of 400G wavelength orders from customers are being filled by Lumen. This network will be expanded and pushed further towards the metro fringe until 2023 and beyond as a result of the intercity development.
“The Lumen network is our crown jewel, and our network infrastructure solutions are at the core of what we do,” said Miriana Martinova, Senior Vice President, Lumen Enterprise Core Network Solutions. “We’re investing to win. We see a significant demand from enterprises, government agencies, hyperscalers, and wholesale customers for high-bandwidth interconnections between their data centers and public cloud. Combining our upgraded intercity fiber network with our next generation wavelength network helps these businesses quickly and securely enable a digital journey that can take them well into the future.”
Lumen provides organizations with a self-service application that enables them to estimate, create, and deploy their own wavelengths throughout Lumen’s North American network. Topology Viewer is the name of it.
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High-bandwidth optical networking services known as wavelength services transport data between data centers or other sites using a specific wavelength of light. These services can offer a dedicated and reliable connection for data transfer, which might be crucial for server and cloud settings, data center environments, and application deployments. Additionally, they may be utilized to link data centers to other places, such branch offices, or distant users. As a result, data center settings and application performance and reliability may be enhanced through quicker data transmission and better communication.
Since 2017, 400Gbps wavelengths have been available, but there hasn’t been much demand for it until lately. Historically, network traffic has been unpredictable, but recent increases in working from home and remote access to business, educational, and entertainment applications have caused data demand to skyrocket
For content providers, Internet Service Providers (ISP), telcos, and mobile operators to facilitate traffic in more effective and efficient ways, 400G may become crucial due to the increase in data-hungry applications and the demand for storage.
400G vs. 100G Wavelength
The deployment of 400G wavelength addresses the enormous bandwidth demands being placed on network infrastructure providers with a fourfold increase in maximum data transmission speed over 100G. When it comes to supporting cloud infrastructures through their connectivity-related solutions, content providers, ISPs, telcos, and mobile operators may profit from using 400G wavelength rather than 100G for connectivity in a number of ways.
First off, 400G’s greater bandwidth may greatly enhance the entire user experience. More users, devices, and applications may be handled at once with increased data throughput, which tends to speed up and improve the efficiency of data transport.
Second, the adoption of 400G wavelength can aid in ISP and telecom cost reduction. The total cost of ownership can be decreased by enabling them to manage more traffic with fewer network devices and less infrastructure. This can make it easier for these companies to scale their networks as needed to meet the demands of their customers.
Thirdly, the security and reliability of cloud infrastructures may also be enhanced with 400G. By enhancing network security against DDoS attacks and decreasing downtime, 400G wavelength may help prevent data breaches and guarantee that the cloud infrastructure is always accessible when it is required. The utilization of emerging technologies like 5G and edge computing, which call for fast, low-latency connections and are employed for new services and applications, is also made possible by 400G.