7 November 2011

TeliaSonera and Infinera complete first Terabit trial based on 500Gb/s super-channels

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), and TeliaSonera International Carrier of Farsta, Sweden, which provides fiber-based telecoms services and infrastructure, have completed what is claimed to be the world's first Terabit optical transmission based on 500Gb/s super-channels.

The demonstration spanned 1105km of fiber between Los Angeles and San Jose in California, marking what is reckoned to be a milestone in optical networking and offering a glimpse of what the network will be. The trial was conducted with elements of the new Infinera DTN-X platform and demonstrated twice the capacity of previous trials by adding a Terabit of capacity to a route carrying 300Gb/s of production capacity.

“As 10Gb/s services proliferate and 100Gb/s router ports emerge, we are trialing advanced solutions that scale optical networks beyond 100Gb/s,” says TeliaSonera International Carrier’s president Erik Hallberg.

“We are delighted to work with TeliaSonera International Carrier to validate the 500Gb/s super-channel implementation that is the foundation of this Terabit demonstration,” adds Infinera’s CEO Tom Fallon. "We share a common vision of delivering the scale, simplicity and agility needed to win in a highly competitive environment.”

Infinera claims to be the first firm to demonstrate super-channels based on 500Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs). A super-channel is a large unit of optical capacity created by combining multiple optical carriers into a single managed entity, so that optical networks can scale capacity without scaling operational cost and complexity. Super-channels based on PICs enable operators to simply provision 500Gb/s of capacity with a single operational maneuver. The DTN platform, ATN platform and Infinera Managed Services are elements of Infinera’s portfolio as well as the recently announced DTN-X packet optical transport network platform that supports 500Gb/s super-channels.

TeliaSonera International Carrier is part of TeliaSonera, Europe’s fifth largest telecoms group, which has 164 million subscribers generating revenues of over $11bn. The firm continues to expand the North American footprint of its global network, driven by strong demand from both operators and content players for IP, DWDM, voice and specialist-mobile services.

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