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Zayo achieves world’s longest 800G optical wave with Infinera

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Zayo Group confirms the completion of the world’s longest known terrestrial 800G optical wavelength in a commercial network approximately 1,044.51km in length.

Powered and lit by Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology, Zayo's fibre route spans from Springville in Utah to Reno in Nevada.

“Zayo continues to achieve what wasn’t previously possible as part of our efforts to provide best-in-class connectivity services and enable our customers’ growth,” said Aaron Werley, vice president of lit networks at Zayo.

“We look to the goals of our customers to inform our evolution, and the demand for 800G is being driven by a need for more bandwidth at higher line rates, all while leveraging the cost-effectiveness of high-capacity wavelengths covering longer distances. We are grateful to both our partners at Infinera, whose hardware solutions pushed the limits, and our outstanding Zayo team members who helped make this accomplishment possible.”

Traditionally 800G waves, the highest-capacity commercially available line-side wavelength, were limited by distance, but through technology enhancements and improved fibre network performance, Zayo and Infinera have been able to expand 800G further into Zayo’s optical network. By extending large wavelengths across greater distances makes services more cost-effective and capable to end users.

Over the last few months Zayo has developing its fibre network in North America and Western Europe, this includes 31 high-capacity, 400G-enabled long-haul routes and its first production interstate 800G wave in the US.

“At Infinera, our vision is a connected world with unlimited bandwidth for everyone — everywhere, always, and instantly,” said Tom Burns, general manager of Infinera’s optical modules & coherent solutions group.

“We have built our company on a history of challenging conventional thinking and reimagining the telecommunications industry to power the modern enterprise. There’s no better way to demonstrate a commitment to innovation than chasing and breaking world records in network connectivity. This is a ground-breaking moment and we are proud to have partnered with Zayo to make history.”

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