Wednesday, February 2, 2011

RENATER and Ciena Complete Successful Coherent 100G

RENATER, the French national telecommunications network for technology education and research, has completed a 100 Gbps network trial connecting the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva and the IN2P3 Computing Centre in Lyon, a distance of 220 km. The trial, which was completed in December, used Ciena's ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. The Ciena 100G coherent technology trialed is capable of delivering a total throughput of 8.8 Tbps on a single strand of optical fibre.

A second phase of tests, validating the trial results in a multi-vendor environment with a 100G signal sent as an "alien wavelength" over existing compensated line infrastructure, was performed over the Lyon-Dijon link (280 km).