Infinera expands range with coherent pluggables

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Infinera has expanded its portfolio of open optical networking solutions with a suite of coherent optical pluggables designed to address point-to-point and point-to-multipoint transport applications from the network edge to the core. 

Using its XR optics technology, the company’s new suite of vertically integrated ICE-XR pluggables will offer network operators the performance, scale, and efficiency critical to the delivery of differentiated 5G, enhanced broadband, and next-generation cloud and business services. 

XR optics is an open technology initiative with the support of network operators, equipment  manufacturers, and subsystem manufacturers. ICE-XR pluggables will support a range of transport rates, including 100G, 400G, and 800G, and use industry-standard form  factors such as QSFP-28, QSFP-DD, and CFP2 to enable ease of deployment in a wide variety  of router and transport devices. 

CE-XR can be seamlessly software configured between point-to-point and point-to-multipoint operations. When used in point-to-point applications, it can enable network operators to benefit from seamless generational upgrades, enhanced performance in capacity and reach, and the ability to utilize pay-as-you-grow service activation. In multipoint applications, ICE-XR can enable network operators to reduce the total number of  transceivers in their networks by 50 per cent or more and simplify their network architectures by  eliminating electrical aggregation points and driving down capital expense and operational  complexity. 

Initial ICE-XR pluggables are scheduled for release next year. 

Fibre networks have allowed 5G trials to take place across areas of South Africa such as Port Elizabeth (MD_Photography/Shutterstock.com)

20 August 2021