Pan-European research network refreshed with 600G transmission technology

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Geant, one of Europe’s leading collaborations on network and related infrastructure and services for research and education, is upgrading its pan-European network.

This will mark the most significant refresh of the company’s network in a decade, and comes as part of a major EU-funded project designed to support the needs of Europe’s research and education community for the next 15 years.The amount of vital data generated by scientists and researchers from areas such as bioinformatics, medicine, physics, astronomy, and climate change is growing exponentially, and Geant and its national research and education network partners must stay well ahead of requirements. 

Using Infinera’s Groove (GX) Series Compact Modular Platform, FlexILS Open Optical Line System, and professional services, Geant aims to effectively provide high-speed services to its customers using efficient, high-capacity 600G per wavelength transmission. Additionally, the scalable network is designed to enable the scaling of capacity to multiple terabits seamlessly, meeting rapidly growing bandwidth demand. Leveraging advanced features from the GX G30 and FlexILS, GÉANT can provide a high level of security, service reliability, and disaster recovery.

Erik Huizer, chief executive officer at Geant said: ‘The success of the Geant (GN4-3N) project is essential for Europe’s research and education communities and will ensure Geant and our partners continue to enable scientific discoveries, remote learning for millions of students, and the realisation of open science. We value [Infinera’s] expertise in deploying optical networks and providing the best solutions to meet and exceed our extremely demanding requirements.’

Nick Walden, senior vice president, worldwide sales at Infinera added: ‘We are excited to partner with Geant to meet some of the most stringent network requirements for high-capacity research and education networks. Geant provides network and collaboration services that facilitate important international cooperation between researchers and educators, and we are proud to support their efforts with cutting-edge optical technology that delivers what they need and provides peace of mind.’

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