Telstra and Infinera (NASDAQ:INFIN) say they are deploying the communications technology provider’s Infinite Capacity Engine 4 (ICE4) coherent transmission technology to Telstra’s submarine network footprint in the Asia Pacific. Use of the coherent chipset will improve fiber capacity by 160% and port density by 140%, the companies assert.
Infinera announced in 2014 that Telstra had chosen to deploy the technology provider’s DTN-X platforms on the Telstra Endeavour, Asia America Gateway, and Reach North Asia Loop (RNAL) submarine networks (see "Telstra Global upgrades three submarine networks via Infinera"); the DTN-X was already being used on RNAL at the time. The two companies subsequently have collaborated on submarine cable technology demonstrations (see, for example, “Infinera, Telstra send PM-8QAM across submarine network” and “Infinera trials terabit Advanced Coherent Toolkit with Telstra”). The new technology deployment will position Telstra to ofer 200-Gbps wavelength services over its submarine cable infrastructure and improve reliability and flexibility, the partners say.
“Our commitment to our Asia Pacific customers means we are always adapting and creating capacity where it is needed. This means we are continually working to deploy new technologies that enhance our existing network and complement our latest capacity investments,” said Andy Lumsden, Telstra’s network planning principal. “With Infinera’s ICE4 optical engine, we are deploying the latest technology across our network. We can now provision new services faster than ever before, which is critical in a region when capacity demand on our international networks has almost doubled over the past two years.”
The ICE4 rollout should finish “in the coming months,” the companies say.
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