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Pacnet completes landmark demonstration in Asia

Anuradha Shukla | May 22, 2012
Teams up with Infinera on demonstrating 500 Gbps optical super channels in Asia.

Pacnet and Infinera have successfully demonstrated the transmission of more than 3 Tbps of capacity over 4,500 km of Pacnet's C2C network.

Infinera specialises in Digital Optical Networking systems and this testing was conducted with the company's DTN-X platform.

The companies note that this landmark demonstration highlights Infinera's application to Ultra-Long Haul subsea super channels based on the company's 500 Gbps Photonic Integrated Circuit technology.

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

Pacnet owns and operates the pan-Asian submarine cable network that connects 21 cable landing stations and extends from India to the U.S.

"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," added Barney.

"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."

Critical for carrier networks

Infinera is the first to demonstrate super channels based on 500 Gbps photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

A super channel is designed to allow optical networks to scale capacity without scaling operational cost and complexity.

This super channel is designed by combining multiple optical carriers into a single managed entity.

"Long-haul capable 500Gbps super channels are critical for carrier networks, especially in submarine applications such as Pacnet," said 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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