Softbank deploys Cisco QSFP 100G ZR4 pluggable optical transceivers

Oct. 27, 2022
Japan's Softbank Corp. has deployed Cisco pluggable optical transceivers in its metro area network to support 4G/5G, enterprise, and broadband services.

Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) announced that SoftBank Corp. is now deploying the company's pluggable optical transceivers in its metro area network to support 4G/5G, enterprise, and broadband connectivity services.

By deploying the Cisco QSFP 100G ZR4 pluggable optical transceivers, the company noted that SoftBank can reduce power consumption and the carbon footprint for 100G links up to 80km apart, providing faster connectivity between network locations across wide footprints.

Cisco noted the technology platform deployed for Softbank also provides increased capacity to connect geographically distant sites to the network more efficiently, ensures high reliability, consumes less rack space, and lowers power consumption, all which contributes to operational efficiencies and sustainability.

SoftBank is a Japan-based operator that provides telecommunications services and combines them with advanced technologies to develop and operate new businesses in Japan and globally. Cisco and SoftBank are longstanding partners who have been collaborating to deploy state-of-the-art, agile network architectures.

Teruyuki Oya, VP, Head, IP & Transport Technology Division, for SoftBank Corp., commented:

“SoftBank is aiming to create and deliver new digital solutions and experiences for business and society while meeting our corporate goals for sustainability. With the Cisco 100G ZR4 pluggable optical transceiver, we are now able to construct our network rapidly by establishing plug-and-play connectivity of our routers between remote sites. The solution also contributes to lower the power consumption and the footprint by reducing the number of devices required in the sites. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Cisco to maximize the advancement of optical technology and optimize how our network delivers digital experiences for all our customers.”

Sanjay Kaul, APJ Service Provider, Cisco, concluded:

“Cisco and SoftBank have crossed many milestones together to strengthen its network and help it run more efficiently to deliver premium digital experiences for its customers in Japan and around the world. Together, we accelerate building the Internet for the Future by delivering faster secure connections that enable hybrid work while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions."

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