Infinera has partnered with Telia Carrier to demonstrate what the companies say is the first real-time transmission of 600Gb/s wavelengths in a live production network.
The trial achieved 600Gb/s single-wavelength transmission from Palo Alto to San Francisco across Telia Carrier’s production network (built on Infinera’s FlexILS platform) and the results would indicate that the network is ready for next-generation transponders operating at 600Gb/s and beyond.
It was achieved using the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, ICE5 600G technology, including 64 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) and 69GBd operation, and Parthi Kandappan, chief technical officer at Infinera believes that it also sets the foundation for the next generation ICE6, which is on track to deliver 800G.
Kandappan said: ‘Our ICE4 optical engines are delivering industry-leading performance in deployed networks from metro data centre interconnect to subsea, and this 600G trial showcases the next step function in ICE performance, leading toward 800G wavelengths and beyond in the future.’
Mattias Fridström, chief evangelist at Telia Carrier added: ‘Working together, our companies have a strong history of optical performance leadership, stretching back to the world’s first terabit super-channel trial almost seven years ago. Infinera’s 600G technology can be readily deployed across our existing FlexILS networks, helping us to increase fibre capacity while satisfying our customers’ growing capacity requirements.’
Infinera also recently successfully completed of a series of 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).