TalkTalk selects Infinera for UK network expansion

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TalkTalk Telecom is deploying Infinera’s XTM II platform into its metro aggregation network, to help further enable the provider’s delivery of reliable and scalable services to residential and business customers.

TalkTalk operates several dark fibre metro aggregation networks across the UK, providing efficient aggregation points where traditionally, 10Gb/s dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technologies have met demand.

With network traffic continuing to increase, the platform allows the provider to activate 100Gb/s and 200Gb/s wavelengths as required, increasing network capacity from the previous 400Gb/s to 8Tb/s on initial deployment. It is also upgradeable to 16Tb/s in the future. The network upgrade is the continuation of a long-standing relationship between the two companies and provides TalkTalk with a 20-fold capacity increase to its existing solution, while addressing the increasing challenge of reducing space and power.

Gary Steen, MD technology, security and change at TalkTalk commented: ‘The introduction of Infinera’s XTM II provides a solution that exceeded expectations, providing us with a robust and scalable network while enabling the capacity increase we need to expand our services to meet customer demands.’

Added Nick Walden, senior vice president, EMEA at Infinera: ‘TalkTalk’s uptake of the XTM II underscores the ease of integrating the XTM Series into an existing Infinera infrastructure, including the digital network administrator software management system, seamlessly.’

It has been a busy time of late for Infinera, which also recently completed a series of successful submarine field trials over MAREA, a 6,600km submarine cable between Virginia Beach, Virginia and Bilbao, Spain (see Infinera submarine field trial reaches record-breaking 6.21b/s/Hz).

 

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01 July 2021

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