Italy demos first 500G network

Italy demos first 500G network


Network supplier Infinera and Italian telco operator Fastweb have demonstrated Italy’s first 500G single-wavelength service connectivity in a production network.

Using Infinera’s configurable technology on the Groove platform, the high-speed optical transmission demonstration spanned over 180km on Fastweb’s low-latency long-haul backbone network.

Fastweb’s live fibre route between Milan and Turin demonstrated how the operator’s capability to efficiently scale its infrastructure network to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of its end-user customers.

The trial was implemented over Fastweb’s existing optical infrastructure without special amplifiers, tuning, or changes.

“Providing our customers with resilient, high-quality, and innovative solutions is in Fastweb’s DNA,” said Andrea Lasagna, CTO, Fastweb.

“As the market for high-performance long-haul transport continues to grow at an accelerated pace, a scalable and simple network approach is required to satisfy the growing demand for bandwidth.”

Infinera’s 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, mTera Universal Switching Platform and Groove 600G technology are part of Fastweb’s backbone network spanning over 650 nodes and providing the flexibility and future development and delivery of a range of programmable high-speed end-user services at 400G, 500G and up to 600G.

Infinera’s solution enables Fastweb to scale internet exchange point capacity up to 24Tbps, while offering ease of deployment and network investment efficiency.

Another of Infinera’s recent projects involved boosting Orange's Kanawa subsea cable capacity to 10Tbps.

“We are pleased to extend our technology partnership with Fastweb to bring the benefits of cutting-edge coherent optical transmission to their customers,” said Glenn Laxdal, SVP, product line management, Infinera.

“Our ability to introduce higher-speed transmission over existing infrastructures is a key part of our mission to help our customers cost-effectively meet their increasing bandwidth needs.”

Fastweb started another venture in May this year for the use of Open Fiber’s fibre-to-the-home connections.

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