NBN Co successfully completes 1Tbps trial with Coriant in Australia

12 March 2014 | Kavit Majithia


Australia’s NBN Co has successfully completed a 1Tbps super-channel transmission trial with Coriant over a 1,066km fibre-optic ring in south east Queensland, Australia.

As part of the deal, Coriant has deployed its innovative FlexiGrid technology on NBN Co’s transit network, which has been built using established optical fibre made available by third-party carriers.

Australia’s National Broadband Network is a wholesale-only, open-access communications network that delivers fast broadband and telephony services across the country. Through NBN Co’s partnership with third-party carriers, providers can connect into the network from access networks, including fibre and wireless, through to points of interconnect with NBN Co’s wholesale customers.

The field trial was conducted on NBN Co’s network using commercially available hardware and pre-commercial software over existing fibre that is being integrated into NBN Co’s transit network.

“We are pleased with the results of the trial with Coriant over our transit network,” said Gary McLaren, NBN Co’s CTO. “It highlights how established backbone infrastructure can be upgraded with sophisticated optical and electronic equipment to provide extra capacity for the future needs of the National Broadband Network.”

The test equipment and associated support for the trial was provided by JDSU.