600G Transmission In Production Network

Created October 30, 2018
Infinera continues to deliver optical engine innovation on a rapid cadence,” added Parthi Kandappan, Chief Technical Officer at Infinera.News and Business

Infinera and Telia Carrier Unveil Industry First Demo

Provider of Intelligent Transport Networks Infinera, and Internet backbone operator Telia Carrier, have announced the first real-time transmission of 600 Gbits/s (600G) wavelengths in a live production network.

This industry-first milestone was achieved with the latest generation of the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, ICE5. According to the company, the achievement demonstrates Infinera’s continued rapid advance in the development of vertically integrated optical engines with industry-leading optical performance and economics. The ICE5 600G technology, including 64 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) and 69 Gigabaud operation, also sets the foundation for the next generation, ICE6, which is on track to deliver 800G.

The trial achieved 600G single-wavelength transmission from Palo Alto to San Francisco across Telia Carrier’s production network. This network is built on Infinera’s FlexILS platform, billed as the industry’s most widely deployed, flexible grid open line system. The duo say the trial shows that Telia Carrier’s deployed FlexILS network is ready for next-generation transponders operating at 600G and beyond, enabling Telia to continue scaling capacity to meet customer demand for the foreseeable future.

“We are pleased to partner with Infinera to yet again demonstrate industry-leading innovation,” said Mattias Fridström, Chief Evangelist at Telia Carrier. “Working together, our companies have a strong history of optical performance leadership, stretching back to the world’s first Terabit super-channel trial almost seven years ago. Infinera’s 600G technology can be readily deployed across our existing FlexILS networks, helping us to increase fibre capacity while satisfying our customers’ growing capacity requirements.”

“Infinera continues to deliver optical engine innovation on a rapid cadence,” added Parthi Kandappan (See photo), Chief Technical Officer at Infinera. “Our ICE4 optical engines are delivering industry-leading performance in deployed networks from metro datacentre interconnect to subsea, and this 600G trial showcases the next step function in ICE performance, leading toward 800G wavelengths and beyond in the future.”

Infinera plans to deliver commercial products capable of 600G per wavelength in early 2019.


This article was written
by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.