Infinera adds pluggable 400G optics capabilities to GX Series, XTM Series

May 4, 2021
The 400G optical capabilities encompass a variety of formats, including Infinera’s point-to-multipoint XR optics.

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) says it now offers the ability to use pluggable 400G coherent optical transceivers with its XTM Series and GX Series compact modular platforms. The 400G optical capabilities encompass a variety of formats, including Infinera’s point-to-multipoint XR optics (see “Infinera unveils XR optics single-source coherent point-to-multipoint transmission technology”).

The company has developed the XTM Series Enhanced 400G Flexponder module and GX Series CHM1R Open ROADM-compliant dual-400G sled to bring the coherent 400G pluggable options to market. Optical module options include 400G ZR+ as well as the XR optics modules.

Network operators appear ready to use the new capabilities. “The move to 400G in metro/regional optimized DWDM platforms is a major step that we welcome,” said Dave Eddy, COO at Neos Networks via an Infinera press release. “Our extensive UK network is built on the XTM Series, and 400G capabilities provide Neos Networks with another option for those segments in our network that see the highest demand. We look forward to capitalizing on this technology in our network to enable the company to maintain its position of running one of the most advanced optical networks across the UK.”

“Pluggable optics have always been at the heart of our metro strategy, and over the years we have achieved many industry firsts with the use of pluggable optics in transport platforms,” asserted Glenn Laxdal, senior vice president, global product line management at Infinera. “Expanding our capabilities to include the latest generation of 400G optics, combined with our industry-leading 600G/800G optics, provides customers with best-in-class solutions to address applications across their networks.”

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