Orange Poland and Nokia set 1.5Tbps capacity-distance record

21 July 2016 | Jason McGee-Abe


Orange Poland and Nokia have announced a new capacity-distance record with 1.5Tbps superchannel transmitted over 870km between Warsaw and Wroclaw.

The companies have claimed the “world's first optical transmission of 250Gbps per wavelength” over 870km through Orange Poland's existing network infrastructure. The milestone was reached when a six-carrier 1.5Tbps superchannel occupying a bandwidth of 300GHz was transmitted over standard single mode fibre.

"This ground-breaking milestone will be the basis for faster networks and a better user experience for our customers. Bandwidth demands are continuing to skyrocket, but we also need to keep our infrastructure costs in check,” said Christian Gacon, vice president in charge of Orange's transport networks.

“Reaching these new heights in optical transmission proves we can meet bandwidth demand while maintaining the lowest cost per bit so our business can continue to flourish."

The capacity and distance records were set on existing Orange Poland network infrastructure using commercially available transport infrastructure from Nokia. The companies say the results are a 25% increase in per-wavelength capacity over 200Gbps, a 70% distance improvement compared to comparable field trials and a 250% increase in bandwidth over 100Gbps networks using same amount of spectrum.

Sam Bucci, head of Nokia's optical business, added: "At Nokia we continue to push the limits of optical technology with our customers. The massive bandwidth demands brought on by cloud networking - and the anticipated continued growth of that demand - means we never stop innovating. Our recently announced photonic engine, the PSE2, and our 500G muxponder, in combination with Orange's talented engineers and rock solid network infrastructure, made this technical feat possible. We're proud of this accomplishment and look forward to more innovation as the telco cloud network takes hold."

The companies state the new optical link could transmit up to 24Tbps of traffic in total if 96 channels amplifiers were used.