16 September 2010


Colt and Infinera complete first European trial of 100GbE client services

In partnership with European business communications and IT managed services provider Colt, Infinera Corp of Sunnyvale, CA, USA, a vertically integrated manufacturer of digital optical network systems incorporating its own indium phosphide-based photonic integrated circuits (PICs), has completed its first European field trial of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) services. The trial marks a step towards developing 100 Gigabit technologies to support the increasing bandwidth demand worldwide.

The trial consisted of prototype 100GbE client interfaces in Infinera systems in London and Frankfurt. The 100GbE service was passed over the 861km route from London to Frankfurt on Colt’s low latency network. The prototype Infinera 100GbE interfaces are fully compliant with the IEE 802.3ba industry standard ratified in June. Testing and verification of the transmission were performed with an EXFO FTB-85 100Gb/s Packet Blazer tester.

“It is important that we support the development of next-generation optical transport technologies that will allow us to meet customer demand for very high-speed Ethernet services,” says Colt’s chief technology officer Luke Broome.

Two weeks ago, Infinera announced the completion of a field trial involving next-generation photonic integrated circuits (PICs) transmitting and receiving 100 Gigabit (100G) communications across a 1348km live network in the USA. The next generation of Infinera PICs will have data capacity of 500Gb/s. Infinera says that it is aiming to develop all the technologies required to deliver next-generation optical systems to support exponentially growing bandwidth demand with the scalability and disruptive economics of photonic integration.

“Infinera’s 100GbE interfaces, our 500G PICs delivering 100G channels over the long-haul network, and our Bandwidth Virtualization capability to manage this bandwidth more flexibly and efficiently will enable us to deliver next-generation optical systems that can scale to meet the needs of our customers and the global Internet with the unique scalability and disruptive economics of photonic integration,” comments Infinera’s co-founder & chief technology officer Drew Perkins.

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