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Infinera goes down under to set up PIPE submarine cable system

The firm's DTN-X platform, based on indium phosphide PIC technology, will be used for a 100G submarine network between Guam and Sydney
Infinera's DTN-X platform has been selected by PIPE Networks Pty Limited's submarine cable system, PPC-1.

PIPE is one of Australia’s premier telecommunications carriers and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TPG Telecom Limited.

PIPE is deploying FlexCoherent super-channels on PPC-1 with the Infinera DTN-X platform, offering International and Australian carriers increased speed and highly resilient services. This marks the first deployment of optical super-channels in the Asia-Pacific region.

In addition to the submarine deployment, the Infinera DTN-X platform was also selected for the company’s terrestrial network delivering 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels to multiple, strategic data centres located in Sydney. The platform supports 8 T/bs on a single fibre, which will significantly increase the capacity, scalability and resiliency of PIPE’s extensive metro fibre network in Sydney.

The use of the DTN-X platform on PPC-1 opens PIPE up to significantly increased capacity on PPC-1, delivering in excess of 3 Tb/s. It will also allow PIPE to deploy Infinera’s 100 Gb/s coherent wavelengths using high capacity super-channel transmission for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region.

PIPE selected the Infinera DTN-X platform for the scalability, efficiency and simplicity it brings to its network. The Infinera DTN-X platform should help PIPE address the increasing demand for submarine and terrestrial bandwidth.

FlexCoherent super-channels will enable PIPE to optimise transmission performance across a range of applications using multiple software-programmable modulation formats, scaling network capacity for its customers without scaling operational expense.

One of the key factors in PIPE’s selection of theplatform  was the attraction of a solution based on Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs).

Infinera's DTN-X platform PICs are based on InP technology and enable high capacity Wavelength Division Multiplexing to be integrated with 5 Tb/s of Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching without performance compromise. Integrated non-blocking OTN switching allows each wavelength to be efficiently utilised, resulting in fewer wavelengths for a set of service demands.

What's more, the PIC approach is claimed to reduce capital and operating costs due to fewer fibre connections, less space and lower power consumption across the network.

PIPE further benefits from an industry leading GMPLS control plane coupled with Bandwidth Virtualisation, allowing its engineers to deploy its network in days and provision services across the submarine and terrestrial network within minutes to meet the rapidly changing demand of its customers.

“Infinera’s solution for the 100G market provides our network with unique benefits which led to our decision to select the DTN-X platform,” says Lee Harper, Head of Network Engineering for PIPE Networks and the TPG Group.

“The DTN-X platform’s interoperability between our existing terrestrial and submarine networks, its ease of use when provisioning services along with the elimination of transponders at cable landing stations all led to our decision. We move a significant amount of data around the country, and deploying the DTN-X allows us to distribute reliable, high-capacity services with great simplicity and with industry-leading provisioning lead times,” he continues.

“We are pleased to announce PIPE Networks as our first DTN-X super-channel deployment in the Asia-Pacific region,” adds Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Infinera’s FlexCoherent super-channels simplify the deployment of 100G for both subsea and terrestrial applications while delivering scalability and efficiency.”

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