Infinera and GlobalConnect complete 400G network field trial

Infinera and GlobalConnect complete 400G network field trial

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Infinera and GlobalConnect have completed an industry-first field trial demonstrating 400G coherent transmission.

The test took place over a 50GHz a metro transport network concurrently with pre-existing 10G channels and showed GlobalConnect’s ability to easily and cost-effectively scale its current optical transport network to meet growing capacity demands while maintaining its investment in deployed infrastructure.

“With the explosive growth in data traffic and acceleration of digital transformation, optical network flexibility and scalability remain critical to our ability to be responsive to our customers’ evolving communications needs,” said Anders Kuhn Saaby, CTO, GlobalConnect. “We remain committed to advancing our fibre infrastructure with cutting-edge technologies to keep pace with growing capacity demands and allow us to expand our addressable market.”

Conducted over a live GlobalConnect optical link in the Oslo metropolitan area, the field trial featured the Infinera Groove G30 Compact Modular Platform. The error-free testing included multiple 300G and 400G alien wavelength transmission use cases over a live metro network link originally designed for and currently running 10G wavelengths using on-off keying (OOK) modulation technology. The field trial showcased the ability to boost the capacity of a 10G-engineered OOK-based network by going from 10G to 400G per wavelength, thus increasing the fibre capacity to 32Tbps on an existing 50GHz) fixed grid metro network.

“We were pleased to work with GlobalConnect to showcase the state-of-the-art performance of our Groove G30 compact modular solution,” added Glenn Laxdal, senior vice president of disaggregated, edge, and access solutions at Infinera. “This solution helps network operators eliminate the technology roadblocks to seamless scaling of conventional 10G network infrastructure to cost-effectively meet higher-capacity customer demands.”

Last month, Infinera’s 7300 Multi-haul Transport Platform, mTera Universal Transport Platform, and Transcend software-defined networking (SDN) solution, was selected by Chilean telecoms provider, Gtd to increase capacity across its terrestrial network in Chile and its subsea system Prat.

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