Nortel touts another 40G reach record on submarine cable

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 – Nortel says it has successfully trialed 40G optical technology across 12,000 km of submarine cable using Reliance Globalcom's Atlantic cable FA-1.

SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 – Nortel says it has successfully trialed 40G optical technology across 12,000 km of submarine cable using Reliance Globalcom's Atlantic cable FA-1.

The trial was conducted over a 6000-km submarine segment between the United Kingdom and the United States. During the trials Nortel equipment was added to both ends of the third-party submarine cable, with Nortel able to demonstrate the ability to provide more than twice the previous bandwidth capacity without the need to replace or upgrade the submarine cable or undersea repeaters.

In addition, the transmission was looped back across the FA-1 cable to create a continuous 12,000 km segment. Nortel says it demonstrated performance consistent with the ability to deploy significant capacity over the 12,000-km cable. This result is believed to be the longest 40G result so far.

"Nortel's 40G technology provides the region's major broadband providers like Reliance Globalcom the means to supply their customers with the network scalability they need well into the future," says Hitesh Lokhandwala, managing director, Nortel India. "Put simply, this means a better service for both domestic and commercial users, and it enables the creation of additional revenue streams for providers by fast tracking their ability to sell additional bandwidth. With this milestone, Nortel reinforces its position as a lead contender in the resurgent submarine terminal market."

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