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'Super-channel' Transmission Capacity Deployments Reach 1 Petabit per Second

April 01, 2014

'Super-channel' Transmission Capacity Deployments Reach 1 Petabit per Second

By Mandira Srivastava
TMCnet Contributor

In order to handle increased customer traffic and bandwidth use, service providers require a long haul transmission technology that will deliver scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach. The optical transport industry is going toward a new type of DWDM technology – the “super-channel.”

A super-channel can be defined as a set of DWDM wavelengths generated from the same optical line card. Infinera (News - Alert) continues to demonstrate leadership and enhance its super-channel technology with new solutions uniquely simplifying operations via deployment of more than one petabit per second of super-channel transmission capacity in live networks globally.

Infinera is a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks.

The company will ship 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) long-haul super-channels commercially as the foundation of the intelligent Transport Network architecture in 2012, nearly two years later, the company remains in limelight with  delivering volume shipments of super-channels into production networks.

The Infinera Intelligent Transport Network includes the Infinera DTN-X packet- optical transport networking platform and deliver 500 Gb/s super-channels based on the industry’s only commercially deployed large scale Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs).

The tremendous growth of mobile and cloud computing continues to drive long-haul optical communications bandwidth demands. So 500 Gb/s super-channels can be considered as the next big milestone and multi-carrier or superchannel technology that offers service providers long-haul transmission technology that delivers scalable, cost-effective capacity without compromising on optical reach. 

 For ultra-long haul and submarine reach, Infinera’s unique FlexCoherent modulation capability allows the line card to be switched into PM-BPSK mode, where spans of over 9,500 km are deployed in production.

Rick Talbot, principal analyst, Optical Infrastructure at Current Analysis (News - Alert), said in a statement, “From its introduction of the DTN-X, Infinera recognized the opportunity to offer an economically disruptive product just as the mass market for 100G transport took off.”

 Dr. David Welch, president of Infinera, added, “Our customers have now developed more than a petabit per second of Infinera’s super-channels in production, demonstrating that our PIC-based, single card 500Gb/s super-channel solution is preferred by service providers globally to scale their networks while minimizing operations costs.” 

Edited by Alisen Downey
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