Sparkle taps Infinera for Mediterranean, European, backbone boost

Created August 4, 2021
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TIM’s international service provider Sparkle has selected Infinera’s ICE6 800G-capable coherent technology to enhance its new Mediterranean and European optical backbone, Nibble. Sparkle says that deploying Infinera’s ICE6 solution will enable it to launch new 400 GbE services over its existing infrastructure while boosting its network capacity by up to 54%, as demonstrated in a recent trial on two of Sparkle’s major routes in Italy.

Sparkle successfully completed a trial deploying Infinera’s ICE6 technology on live links from Catania to Milan and from Rome to Milan, achieving wavelength speeds of 500Gbps across 2,136 kilometres and 700Gbps over 858 kilometres, respectively, claiming a milestone for European long-distance data transmission. Infinera and Sparkle plan to deploy 800G channels along other routes on the Sparkle network.

With Infinera’s ICE6 solution, Sparkle says it can further scale up its transmission capabilities to 30 Tbps per link and offer very high-capacity bandwidth and enhanced service flexibility to meet booming customer demand on the corridors linking Sicily and the whole Mediterranean area with Milan and the main European hubs.

“Infinera’s innovative ICE6 optical networking solution supports the evolution of our network, enabling us to deliver spectral efficiency and high-capacity services to meet customer expectations,” said Enrico Bagnasco, CTO at Sparkle.

“Infinera looks forward to working with Sparkle to enhance the capabilities of its pan-Mediterranean optical network with ICE6 and enabling Sparkle to offer new high-speed services to its customers,” said Nick Walden, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales, Infinera.

Sparkle announced earlier this week that it is to build two new submarine cable systems in collaboration with Google and other companies. Blue will connect Italy, France, Greece and Israel, while Raman will connect Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman and India.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.