Infinera and Telia Carrier announced the first real-time transmission of 600 gigabits per second (600G) wavelengths in a live production network.
This milestone was achieved with the latest generation of the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, ICE5, demonstrating Infinera’s continued rapid cadence in the development of vertically integrated optical engines with industry-leading optical performance and economics. The ICE5 600G technology, including 64 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 69 gigabaud operation, also sets the foundation for the next generation, ICE6, which is on track to deliver 800G.
The trial achieved 600G single-wavelength transmission from Palo Alto to San Francisco across Telia Carrier’s production network, which is built on Infinera’s FlexILS platform, the industry’s most widely deployed flexible grid open line system. The trial illustrates that Telia Carrier’s deployed FlexILS network is ready for next-generation transponders operating at 600G and beyond, enabling Telia to continue scaling capacity to meet customer demand for the foreseeable future.
Infinera plans to deliver commercial products capable of 600G per wavelength in early 2019.