Telia Carrier to deploy Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology

Dec. 20, 2021
The decision comes after a successful field trial of the coherent transmission technology on a 2,396-km link between Denver and Chicago.

Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) and Telia Carrier say that the service provider will deploy Infinera’s ICE6 800G technology on its AS1299 global network. The decision comes after a successful field trial of the coherent transmission technology on a 2,396-km link between Denver and Chicago.

The trial saw the ICE6-based transmission carried as a alien wavelength over a fielded line system from a supplier other than Infinera. While the coherent engine is capable of supporting 800G, the trial topped out at 600G with a spectral efficiency of 5.33 bits/s/Hz. Nevertheless, that transmission rate represented a fiber capacity increase of at least 50% over the previous generation of transponders, say the collaborators.

“As a pioneer in deployment of open optical line technologies across the globe, deploying ICE6 on our network will be yet another example of how open and disaggregated networking works and allows for greater efficiency and agility,” said Andrew Haynes, COO at Telia Carrier. “Innovative solutions like Infinera’s ICE6 demonstrate the ability to achieve vast improvement across our optical network, from high-performance, high-speed transmission capacity to increased cost-efficiencies. Deploying ICE6 will enable us to introduce best-in-class technologies and infrastructure capabilities for our customers.”

“Telia Carrier’s embracing of open optical networking enables them to always be able to take advantage of the best technologies to create differentiated value for their customers,” added Nick Walden, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Infinera. “In this case, they were able to leverage the industry-leading performance of Infinera’s ICE6 technology over their existing third-party line system to quickly and cost-effectively increase capacity and deliver new services to meet the ever-increasing connectivity needs of their global customers.”

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