Pacific Crossing trials 100Gbps

13 October 2011 | Guy Matthews


Pacific Crossing, operator of the trans-Pacific PC-1 submarine cable, said it has completed a 100Gbps trial between California and Japan, in partnership with vendor Infinera.

The NTT subsidiary claimed the trial is the longest yet performed at 100Gbps on the Pacific route, and the first transmission of a 100Gbps Ethernet client service carried across the Pacific using 40Gbps optical channels. It said it is also the first use of a 100Gbps optical channel using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) with soft decision forward error correction (SD FEC).

Pacific Fibre said the Asia-Pacific region has been experiencing exponential growth in internet bandwidth demand. It pointed to figures from Internet World Stats showing that the number of internet users in Asia grew from 114 million to 922 million between 2000 to 2011, changing the market for Pacific capacity in the process.

“Customer demand for transpacific bandwidth continues to grow,” said Takahiro Sumimoto, chief executive officer with Pacific Crossing. “We are delighted to work with Infinera to demonstrate 100Gbps transmission on our existing subsea fibre plant. We are also pleased that our leading transpacific network capabilities contributed to the successful demonstration of this new technology.”

“This trial marks a major milestone for the delivery of next-generation optical systems in the Asia-Pacific region,” said Deryck Robinson, vice president of subsea business at Infinera.

He said Infinera has completed successful trials of 100Gbps and 500Gbps super-channels across the globe, with SEACOM in Africa and Interoute in Europe. It recently opened an office in Hong Kong, with a customer demonstration centre and a training centre for its client base in the region.