Italy's Fastweb, Infinera Complete 500G Single-wavelength Connectivity Trial

Italy's Fastweb, Infinera Complete 500G Single-wavelength Connectivity Trial Image Credit: LightField Studios/

Fastweb, a major Italian telecommunications operator has completed demonstration of 500 gigabits per second (500G) single-wavelength service connectivity in a production network using Infinera’s configurable technology on the Groove platform.

The high-speed optical transmission demonstration, the first in Italy, spanned over 180 kilometers (km) on Fastweb’s low-latency long-haul backbone network. Conducted over Fastweb’s live fiber route between Milan and Turin, the 500G single-wavelength trial demonstrated Fastweb’s capability to easily and efficiently scale its infrastructure network to meet the increasing bandwidth demands of its end-user customers. The trial was implemented over Fastweb’s existing optical infrastructure without special amplifiers, tuning, or changes.

Infinera’s 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform, mTera Universal Switching Platform and Groove 600G technology are part of Fastweb’s backbone network spanning over 650 nodes and providing the flexibility and future development and delivery of a range of programmable high-speed end-user services at 400G, 500G, and up to 600G. Infinera’s solution enables Fastweb to scale internet exchange point capacity up to 24 terabits per second, while offering ease of deployment and network investment efficiency.

Andrea Lasagna, CTO, Fastweb
As the market for high-performance long-haul transport continues to grow at an accelerated pace, a scalable and simple network approach is required to satisfy the growing demand for bandwidth.

Glenn Laxdal, SVP, Product Line Management, Infinera
Our ability to introduce higher-speed transmission over existing infrastructures is a key part of our mission to help our customers cost-effectively meet their increasing bandwidth needs.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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