6500 Family

Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform converges three comprehensive networking layers into a single platform to provide customizable service delivery from the access edge, along the backbone core, and across ocean floors.

The 6500 comes in four shelf varieties with AC options available. Optimize for site-specific space, power, and capacity requirements. All shelves share the same software load and circuit packs for simpler operations and sparing.

Future-ready scalability

Ciena’s new coherent interfaces give you a full suite of field-proven, plug-and-play coherent 40G and 100G solutions for metro, long-haul terrestrial, and submarine applications. These WaveLogic 3 programmable transceivers enable broader, more economical deployment of 100G throughout the network—and can scale to 400G.

More services, more business

The 6500’s 10G transponders enable high-density,
multi-protocol, and low-latency capabilities to
maximize your service revenue opportunities.

On-demand bandwidth

These modules complement high-capacity line rates with OTN switching to optimize bandwidth utilization and network efficiency. And they offer the added benefit of insulating your network against uncertain service mix by providing transparent transport of all client services.

Do more with less

Ciena’s E-Suite modules, including eMOTR, fully integrate packet switching within transport, providing sub-GE grooming for improved wavelength efficiencies and traffic prioritization for SLA adherence—so you can do it all with less equipment.

True forecast tolerance

Tune your network toward packet and/or OTN, in any ratio, with these high-density fabric modules. Fabric-based switching complements blade-based switching, allowing you to tailor your network from low-capacity point-to-point to high-capacity mesh connectivity, as needed.

Programmable photonic foundation

Get the full range of photonic architectures, from passive filters for simple service extension to directionless, colorless, and gridless ROADMs for the power to send any service anywhere in the network, dynamically. And Smart Raman with PinPoint Advanced Fiber Analytics ensures unprecedented system and fiber performance.


Provides industry-leading 10G, 40G, and 100G coherent and control plane capabilities for scale and service differentiation
Utilizes unconstrained OTN and packet switching technologies for the most efficient use of network resources
Offers embedded and discrete software tools to increase programmability, visibility, and control of the optical network
Adapts to a wide variety of requirements with a minimal set of equipment, reducing standardization and operational costs
Maximizes operational efficiencies with the ability to tailor customer solutions via various chassis, power, and configuration options


Boasting years of coherent deployment experience, 40G/100G solutions equipped with WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors scale the capacity and reach of existing networks with operational simplicity. The system also features electronic dispersion compensation and supports directionless and colorless ROADM functionality, which combine with Ciena’s OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane for automation, and OTN/packet switching to maximize both the bandwidth efficiency and flexibility of the overall network.

The 6500 Family is available in four chassis sizes to cost effectively address transport requirements from the edge to the core over one converged infrastructure. Its flexible architecture and service offerings provide differentiating network operator benefits for myriad applications, including:

Metro and long-haul DWDM infrastructure
IP-optimized transport
Ethernet/legacy private line or wholesale service delivery
Triple play
Wireless backhaul
Data center connectivity
Cloud networks
Private network builds

Ciena’s 6500 Family unlocks the network’s full potential—leveraging advanced coherent optics, automated OTN, packet and SONET/SDH switching, control plane, and unified network management—to help network operators scale, manage, and differentiate their services.


-Physical Dimensions
2U 89 mm (H) x 443.2 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
2U 3.5 in. (H) x 17.5 in. (W) x 11.1 in. (D)
6U 267 mm (H) x 440.5 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
6U 10.5 in. (H) x 17.3 in. (W) x 11.1 in. (D)
13U 577.1 mm (H) x 440.5 mm (W) x 277.5 mm (D)
13U 22.7 in. (H) x 17.3 in. (W) x 10.9 in. (D)
22U 977 mm (H) x 498.0 mm (W) x 277.5 mm (D)
22U 38.5 in. (H) x 19.6 in. (W) x 277.5 mm (D)

SONET/SDH: 640 Gb/s
Packet/OTN: 3.2 Tb/s
System: 96 Tb/s
WDM: 2.5G/10G/40G/100G DWDM, 2.5G CWDM
Wavelength support: 96 wavelengths in C-band, full band tunable optics
SONET/SDH XC: 20G to 80G low order, 80G to 640G high order
Packet/OTN XC: 600G to 3.2T

Full suite of passive filters, 50GHz, 100GHz, flexible grid ROADMs, EDFAs, smart Raman, and Channel Mux/Demux options

Ethernet: 10M, 100M, GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE
FC100 to FC1200
SONET/SDH: OC-3/STM-1 through OC-768/STM-256
Electrical: DS1, E1, DS3, E3, STM-1e

Coherent 100G line cards: metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul, enhanced PMD, submarine, colorless
Coherent 100G client cards: 10x10GE, 10x10G multi-rate, 100GbE/OTU4 client
Coherent 40G line cards: metro, regional, long haul, ultra long haul, enhanced PMD, submarine, colorless
Coherent 40G client cards: 4x10G multi-rate, 40G multi-rate
10G: 4x10G multi-rate OTR
Ethernet: 200G eMOTR, 30G L2 MOTR
OTN modules: 8-port OTN Flex MOTR (10G), 1+8 port OTN Flex MOTR (20G)
SONET/SDH 10G ADM-on-a-blade: SuperMux

-Packet/OTN switched modules
10x10G Packet/OTN
16×2.7G OTN

-SONET/SDH switched modules
Ethernet: L2 service switch, PDH Gateway, EPL
Electrical: E1, DS1, DS3, EC-1, E3
Optical: OC-3/STM-1 through OC-192/STM-64

-Distributed Control Plane
Photonic, OTN, SONET/SDH

1+1/MSP linear
1+1 OTN line-side
1+1 LAG
1+1 Enhanced Trunk Switch (ETS)
1+1 Transponder Protection Tray
1+1 Optical Protection switch (incl. fast coherent switching)
2-Fiber BLSR/MS-SPRing
Mesh restorable control plane connections at L0 and L1
RPR layer 2 protection
G.8032 ERP

-Common Equipment
Full common equipment redundancy
Field-replaceable units
-48Vdc input voltage range:
-40Vdc to -75Vdc
24Vdc input voltage range: +20Vdc to +30Vdc
AC input voltage range: 90Vac to 264Vac

-Environmental Characteristics
Normal Operating Temperature: +5°C to +40°C (+41° F to +104° F)
Short Term Operating Temperature: -5° C to +55° C (+23° F to +131° F) for 6500-2/7/14; -5° C to +50° C (+23° F to +122° F) for 6500-32
Normal operating humidity: 5% to 85% RH
Earthquake/seismic: Zone 4


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