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Transmission in Asia speeds up with Infinera 500 Gb/s InP PICs

A trial showcasing long haul, high-bandwidth optical network transmission across 4,500 km of Pacnet's C2C subsea network employs Infinera's indium phosphide based PIC and FlexCoherent super-channels

Pacnet and Infinera have completed a joint effort demonstrating the successful transmission of more than 3 Tb/s of capacity over 4,500 km of Pacnet's C2C network.

The testing was conducted with Infinera's DTN-X platform, which has begun shipping this quarter and also demonstrated the ability to use FlexCoherent technology to software select the modulation format in order to optimise fibre capacity and reach.

Pacnet owns and operates the pan-Asian submarine cable network touching 21 cable landing stations and extends from India to the U.S. At the heart of this network is EAC-C2C, one of Asia's largest fibre optic submarine cable networks, which spans 36,800 km and serves customers worldwide.

"We are impressed with Infinera's DTN-X platform delivering 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels and integrated OTN switching without compromise," says Bill Barney, Pacnet CEO.

"Pacnet is dedicated to offering our customers leading-edge communications services across the Pacific Rim. We accomplish this by collaborating with one of the industry's most innovative suppliers enabling us to build technologically advanced networks globally. This successful test with Infinera demonstrates that Pacnet's network can scale up with the industry's latest high speed optical technologies to deliver faster services to our customers," he adds.

"Long-haul capable 500Gb/s super-channels are critical for carrier networks, especially in submarine applications such as Pacnet," adds Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. "In fact, the real value of Infinera's DTN-X goes well beyond its sheer size and bandwidth efficiency. The true value is its ability to future proof our customer's most valuable asset, their fibre infrastructure, so they can continue to flexibly grow their network to accommodate wherever their customer demand takes them."
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