Windstream Wholesale, Infinera complete trial of 400GbE

Windstream Wholesale, Infinera complete trial of LR8-based 400GbE services

09 April 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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Windstream Wholesale and Infinera have successfully demonstrated 400GbE client-side services with 400GbE-LR8 QSFP-DD compact pluggable interfaces.

Using two of Infinera’s 600G/Wavelength muxponder on its Groove G30 Compact Modular Platform with the CHM-2T sled enabled the customer facing 400GbE service to be transmitted using a single-carrier 600G wavelength.

“We’re excited to partner with Windstream and leverage the power and flexibility of our 600G/Wavelength technology to deliver enhanced high-speed services,” said Glenn Laxdal (pictured), SVP, GM of product management at Infinera.

“The ability to support 400GbE services with a wide variety of client interfaces and to carry those services across metro, regional and long-haul distances enables Windstream to seamlessly support their customers’ evolving connectivity needs.”

Through the trials Windstream is able to meet the growing bandwidth needs of its largest customers and solidify its position as an industry leader in wholesale services.

“Our customers’ bandwidth requirements are growing rapidly, and Windstream is increasing network capacity to meet this demand,” said Buddy Bayer, chief network officer at Windstream.

“Infinera’s GX G30 Compact Modular Platform provides an ultra-efficient transport solution enabling us to offer 400GbE services to support our customers’ high bandwidth needs. The use of LR8 clients with a single mode fibre interface and a 10km reach provides an extremely cost-effective solution by enabling us to extend these services directly to our customers’ premises.”

Windstream Wholesale’s optical infrastructure is designed to support high-speed optical services using Flex Grid spectrum and flexible CDC architecture.

This allows Windstream to use cost-effective 400G today, with 600G and 800G wavelengths in the future. At present, Windstream Wholesale is engaging with customers for initial deployment of the end-to-end 400G Wave service.

Last month, Windstream Holdings, Windstream Wholesale’s parent company, reached an agreement in principle to resolve the claims made against Uniti.