Sunday, March 17, 2013

Telstra Tests 1 Tbps with Ericsson

Telstra has conducted the first trial of 1 Tbps technology in Australia over 995km of an existing optical fiber network using Ericsson's equipment.

Ericsson recently announced it will provide Telstra with the SPO 1400, the latest packet optical transport platform (POTP) for the metro and the MHL 3000 for long-haul applications with 100Gbps service support. The trial tested a 1Tbps line card in the MHL 3000.

The companies said this successful test over the 995 kilometer optical link between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia shows it is possible to deploy 1 Tbps technology in a real network environment.  Furthermore, when 1 Tbps is commercialized, operators will be in a position to deploy it to meet their capacity requirements.

"The trial has proven that our existing optical cable plant can support Tbps channels along with 40Gbps and 100 Gbps channels simultaneously on the same fibre, verifying that we have the ability to increase capacity on our existing fiber cables when required." Alessandro Pane, Head of Ericsson R&D Optical Transmission, says: "Like so many developed countries, Australia is a very technologically advanced market and Australians are sophisticated users of broadband and mobile technology. In addition, there is widespread smart phone, tablet, IPTV and HDTV take-up. Supporting all these services requires an ever-growing capacity in backhaul and inter-city transmission.