Telia Carrier, Infinera demonstrate 600 Gbps on U.S. production network

Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) and customer Telia Carrier say they have demonstrated single-wavelength 600-Gbps on the latter’s production fiber-optic network. The demonstration, which the two assert is the first of its kind, comes prior to the commercial availability of 600-Gbps capabilities on Infinera’s platforms, which the company says will occur in the first quarter of next year.

Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) and customer Telia Carrier say they have demonstrated single-wavelength 600-Gbps on the latter’s production fiber-optic network. The demonstration, which the two assert is the first of its kind, comes prior to the commercial availability of 600-Gbps capabilities on Infinera’s platforms, which the company says will occur in the first quarter of next year.

The trial, conducted on Telia’s commercial network between Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA, leveraged the upcoming Infinite Capacity Engine 5 (ICE5) coherent transmission technology. Infinera announced the ICE5, as well as plans for the ICE6, at OFC 2018 this past March (see “Infinera fifth Infinite Capacity Engine ICE5 supports 2.4 Tbps”). The 600-Gbps capability, demonstrated in this instance aboard already fielded FlexILS platforms, used the ICE5’s 64-QAM modulation and 69-Gbaud operational features.

“We are pleased to partner with Infinera to yet again demonstrate industry-leading innovation,” said Mattias Fridström, chief evangelist at Telia Carrier. “Working together, our companies have a strong history of optical performance leadership, stretching back to the world’s first terabit super-channel trial almost seven years ago. Infinera’s 600G technology can be readily deployed across our existing FlexILS networks, helping us to increase fiber capacity while satisfying our customers’ growing capacity requirements.”

Telia is a longstanding customer of Infinera, having chosen the optical transport house for its U.S. network in 2009 and placed follow-on orders subsequently (see “TeliaSonera taps Infinera for US network” and “Telia Carrier taps Infinera for new West Coast route, US metro needs,” for example).

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