Fastweb and Infinera in 500G single-wavelength trial

Created May 8, 2019
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Infinera and major Italian telecommunications operator, Fastweb have successfully demonstrated 500 Gbits/s (500G) single-wavelength service connectivity in a production network. The demo, the first in Italy, used Infinera’s configurable technology on the Groove platform, and spanned over 180 km on Fastweb’s low-latency long-haul backbone network, between Milan and Turin.

According to the participants, the 500G single-wavelength trial demonstrated Fastweb’s capability to easily and efficiently scale its infrastructure network to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of its end-user customers. The trial was implemented over Fastweb’s existing optical infrastructure without special amplifiers, tuning, or changes.

“Providing our customers with resilient, high-quality, and innovative solutions is in Fastweb’s DNA,” said Andrea Lasagna, chief technology officer, Fastweb (pictured). “As the market for high-performance long-haul transport continues to grow at an accelerated pace, a scalable and simple network approach is required to satisfy the growing demand for bandwidth. This trial confirms the outstanding performance provided by Infinera’s innovative solution, which enables us to deliver a best-in-class customer experience at the highest transmission speeds.”

Infinera’s 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, mTera Universal Switching Platform and Groove 600G technology are part of Fastweb’s backbone network spanning over 650 nodes. This is designed to support the flexibility and future development and delivery of a range of programmable high-speed end-user services at 400G, 500G, and up to 600G. Infinera’s solution enables Fastweb to scale Internet exchange point capacity up to 24 Tbps.

“We are pleased to extend our technology partnership with Fastweb to bring the benefits of cutting-edge coherent optical transmission to their customers,” added Glenn Laxdal, senior vice president, Product Line Management, Infinera. “Our ability to introduce higher-speed transmission over existing infrastructures is a key part of our mission to help our customers to effectively meet their increasing bandwidth needs.”

For more information, visit www.infinera.com

 

 

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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.