Orange pushes 11.2Tbps over fibre and looks to 300Tbps
The Polish operation of Orange, working with Infinera and InPhoTech, Polish company, have transmitted data at 11.2Tbps over fibre.
The trio used multi-core fibre with seven fibres, with each fibre carrying 1.6Tbps over two channels – each channel carrying 800Gbps.
“By combining our product with Infinera’s innovative technology and testing them in Orange’s innovation lab, we were able to demonstrate record-breaking data capabilities,” said Tomasz Nasiłowski (pictured), president of the board of InPhoTech. The company, based in Ołtarzew, west of Warsaw, worked with the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin.
Orange Polska’s management board member in charge of network and technology, Piotr Jaworski, said the development will help the company achieve its next challenge, the deployment of 5G technology. “That’s why we’re constantly investing in the development of our infrastructure, while keeping a watchful eye on the R&D activities of industry manufacturers that could help us deliver reliable services to our customers in the future.”
IPT Fiber, a member of the InPhoTech group, will make the new fibres in its Lubartów factory, near Lublin, the company said.
Its CEO, Krzysztof Witoń, forecast even higher speeds – as high as 296Tbps over seven cores of fibre. “These are record numbers, but not the end of our capabilities. Using the entire transmission spectrum, all available bands, our fibre will be able to achieve throughputs at the level of petabits per second (Pbps) or thousands of terabits,” he said.
The companies explained that they could achieve 296.8Tbps as the result of multiplying 800Gbps by 53 channels by seven cores, as the Infinera device allows the placement of 53 channels of 800Gbps each in a single seven-core IPT Fiber.
Infinera’s VP of business development, Jan Peters, said the 800Gbps “can seamlessly and effectively perform across standard fibre and new fibres like InPhoTech’s innovative multicore fibre.”