What are Optical Wavelengths?

Optical Wavelengths are high-capacity Point-to-Point (P2P) optical networks ranging in bandwidth from 1Gbps up to 100Gbps. As the name suggests this is leased by a business but managed by a network or service provider. The network or service provider will make use of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) to split the light in to its various wavelengths to ensure different traffic doesn’t not interfere with one another and offer greater capacity. Find out more about DWDM here.

By leasing wavelengths businesses only pay for the capacity needed – but with the ability to scale up when needed. Businesses do not need to worry about the outlay for civils, equipment or the in-house resource and expertise for manage the network.

Organisations can also choose from leasing ‘standard’ wavelengths – which is generally the most cost-effective solution – which enables businesses high-speed connectivity over a range of bandwidths. There are also ‘dedicated’ wavelengths, which would be best suited for running mission critical applications, which ring-fences a slice of the network away from anyone else and ensure guaranteed availability and low latency.

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