Internet Solutions inks deal with Infinera for 500G super channels

South Africa’s Internet Solutions (IS) has partnered with Infinera to upgrade its long-distance network.

Infinera will deploy its Intelligent Transport Network solution across IS’s long-distance network in South Africa for the delivery of enhanced network services, including what is claimed to be the industry’s only commercially available 500Gbps technology.

"The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solution provides us with a cutting-edge optical transport solution, allowing us to offer the highest lit capacity in a South African backbone," said Prenesh Padayachee, CTO at Internet Solutions.

"IS is at the forefront of utilising the latest technology that will ensure reliable and rapid service delivery to our clients and it is critical that our vendors are able to deliver the latest and most cutting edge technology,” Padayachee added.

Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network includes the DTN-X platform, and will enable IS to offer 10, 40 and 100GbE services to customers across South Africa.

The 500Gbps solution will facilitate the delivery of super-channels based on Infinera’s photonic integrated circuits and is thought to be a first for South Africa.

“[The] selection of an Infinera Intelligent Transport Network solution underscores the value of the Intelligent Transport Network for service providers around the world," said Chris Champion, SVP of EMEA sales at Infinera. "Deploying the first 500Gbps super-channels across South Africa with Internet Solutions significantly increases the capacity available to business and consumers in the region.”

Earlier this year, Infinera’s DTN-X platform was selected by the Australia Japan Cable (AJC) network to expand its capacity.

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