Infinera ups capacity for PCCW and Hetzner with ICE tech

Created March 29, 2022
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Utilising its ICE technology, Infinera has raised fibre capacity for international CSP PCCW Global and German data centre operator and web host Hetzner Online.

The deployment by PCCW is on the PEACE subsea cable system between Marseille, Cyprus and Abu Talat.  Utilizing Infinera’s ICE technology, PCCW Global now offers network operators the ability to increase capacity per fibre pair on its Middle East and Mediterranean fibre routes.

Infinera says that by leveraging its ICE technology on the GX Series Compact Modular Platform, PCCW Global is able to reach individual wavelength speeds of 650Gbs resulting in more capacity, with less hardware, and providing up to 25 terabits per fibre pair, meaning network operators can provide high-capacity services between the Middle East and the Mediterranean region.

The capacity upgrade on the PEACE cable system is one of a series of upgrades planned for this year. As the first and only open cable system in the Mediterranean Sea, the PEACE cable system can support numerous service providers in the region.

Haitham Zahran, vice president of EMEA Subsea Cable Systems, PCCW Global, said, “The PEACE cable system is the highest-performing open cable system connecting Asia, Europe and Africa. By collaborating with Infinera to upgrade our network segment to increase fibre capacity, we are able to offer customers industry-leading innovation that provides the most reliability and highest capacity fibre pair available.”

The Hetzner Online’s deployment of Infinera’s ICE6 solution, with potential transmission speeds of up to 800 Gbps, will modernize Hetzner Online’s existing network and enable the company to offer new 400 GbE services across its network to meet the surging bandwidth demands of its customers.

Infinera says Hetzner Online will be the first company in Germany to leverage the cost-effective scalability of operating optical transmissions at 600 Gbps with Infinera’s fifth-generation ICE6 technology on the GX Series Compact Modular Platform. With this deployment, Hetzner Online has doubled capacity on its network and can provide 3 x 400 GbE services between any two points in its network using a single ICE6 optical engine running 2 x 600 Gbps wavelengths.

“Keeping up with the relentless growth in bandwidth of our customers is a critical aspect of being a leading provider of hosting services,” said Martin Fritzsche, Head of Network, Hetzner Online. “With ICE6’s industry-leading performance, we have been able to double the capacity of our network to meet the unpredictable data centre interconnection needs of our customers in Germany and beyond.”

Infinera  recently unveiled the ICE6 Turbo, claimed to be the industry’s first coherent optical solution that can operate above 100 Gbaud.

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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.