Waveserver 5 compact interconnect platform is optimized for 100GbE and 400GbE applications and provides unmatched scaling capabilities with up to 12.8 Tb/s client and 12.8 Tb/s line capacity in a compact 2RU footprint.


  • Provides massive scalability and high performance with Ciena’s innovative WaveLogic coherent technology
  • Enables unique, industry-leading per-wavelength capacities, as high as 800 Gb/s
  • Increases total fiber capacity with increased spectral efficiency and support for C- and L-band
  • Offers ultra-low power per bit to reduce ongoing energy costs
  • Provides a suite of management interfaces and open APIs for automation, provisioning, management programmability, and ease of back-office integration
  • Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) simplifies on-site commissioning and service provisioning to get traffic up and running quickly


Physical dimensions

  • 2U: 88 mm (H) x 444 mm (W) x 594 mm (D)
  • 2U: 3.47 in (H) x 17.48 in (W) x 23.39 in (D)


  • Common equipment: 16.4 Kg; 36.2 lbs
  • Full-fill with double width module: 26Kg; 57.3 lbs


  • 8 slots, supporting up to four double-width modules
  • Client capacity: Up to 64 x QSFP28 with 100GE/OTU4 clients or up to 16xQSFP-DD with 400GE clients
  • Line ports support the following rates: 200 Gb/s – 800 Gb/s
  • Maximum capacity per fiber: 38.4 Tb/s (C-band DCI); 33.6 Tb/s (C-band Flexible grid ROADM-based networks)

Common equipment

  • Redundant/field-replaceable power supply
  • Field-replaceable fan unit
  • Power options: AC or DC power
    • AC PSU input power range:
      • 2KW: input 90Vac to 180Vac
      • 3KW: input 180Vac to 305Vac
      • 3KW: input 180Vdc to 300Vdc
    • DC PSU:
      • 2.3KW: input -40Vdc to -72Vdc
  • Power consumption (excluding client plugs): Four double-width modules: 2KW


Waveserver modules

Dual modem (2 x 800 Gb/s) C-band double-width module:

  • Provides sixteen QSFP28 ports supporting 100GE/OTU4 and four QSFP-DD ports supporting 400GE for up to 800 Gb/s of client capacity
  • Provides two coherent ports for up to 1.6 Tb/s of line capacity


  • Ciena’s Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP)
  • API: Websocket, RESTCONF, NETCONF, gRPC based on OpenConfig YANG models, Streaming Telemetry and Declarative Configuration
  • Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP), 100GE/400GE Integrated Test Set, LLDP client topology discovery, Remote management



Environmental characteristics

  • Normal operating temperature: -5°C to +45°C; 23°F to 113°F
  • Operating humidity: 93% maximum

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