May 24, 2012
Pacnet and Infinera Demonstrate 500 Gb/s Optical Super-Channels in Asia
By Rajani Baburajan
Pacnet (News - Alert), Asia's leading communications provider delivering integrated high-performance data delivery and hosting services on a unified platform, in pact with Infinera (News - Alert), which specializes in Digital Optical Networking systems, has successfully demonstrated 500 Gb/s optical super channels in Asia.
This demonstration marks another milestone that highlights Infinera's application to Ultra-Long Haul subsea super-channels based on Infinera's 500 Gb/s Photonic Integrated Circuit technology.
The testing was conducted with Infinera’s DTN-X platform, which has begun shipping this quarter and also demonstrated the ability to use FlexCoherent technology to select the modulation format in order to optimize fiber capacity and reach.
Pacnet owns and operates the leading pan-Asian submarine cable network touching 21 cable landing stations and extends from India to the U.S. At the heart of this network is EAC-C2C, Asia's leading state-of-the-art fiber optic submarine cable network, which spans 36,800 km and serves customers globally.
"We are impressed with Infinera's DTN-X platform delivering 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels and integrated OTN switching without compromise," said Bill Barney, Pacnet CEO, in a statement. "Pacnet is dedicated to offering our customers leading-edge communications services across the Pacific Rim.”
The company is engaged in industry collaboration to build technologically advanced networks globally. The latest demonstration provides that Pacnet's network can scale up with the industry's latest high speed optical technologies to deliver faster services to our customers, according to Barney.
Infinera is the first to demonstrate super-channels based on 500 Gb/s photonic integrated circuits (PICs). A super-channel is a large unit of optical capacity created by combining multiple optical carriers into a single managed entity. It allows optical networks to scale capacity without scaling operational cost and complexity.
With FlexCoherent technology, operators can also optimize transmission performance across a range of applications using multiple software-programmable modulation formats.
"Long-haul capable 500Gb/s super-channels are critical for carrier networks, especially in submarine applications such as Pacnet," said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO, in a statement.
The true value of Infinera's DTN-X is its ability to future proof customers’ fiber infrastructure, so they can continue to flexibly grow their network to accommodate wherever their customer demand takes them, according to Fallon.
Infinera also announced that DANTE, an operator of advanced networks for research and education, has selected Infinera for the pan-European GÉANT network it has built and operates on behalf of Europe's national research and education networks (NRENs).
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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