Infinera uses MAREA to set subsea bandwidth records

Rob Powell / Telecom Ramblings
28 Sep 2018

Overall subsea capacity is always going up, sometimes because of new cables but sometimes due to improvements in the technology using them.

Yesterday Infinera claimed a few new such milestones leveraging its latest gear on the MAREA transatlantic cable system.

Working with an unnamed internet content provider (Microsoft and Facebook helped develop the system, could be either I guess), Infinera achieved new records for transatlantic, real-time spectral efficiency.

They managed 6.21 bits per second per hertz and 26.2Tbps per fiber over one crossing of 6,644km, and 4.46 b/s/Hz and 18.6Tbps over the round trip distance. With eight fiber pairs enabled by such technology, the full MAREA cable system could theoretically support over 200Tbps.

To do that, Infinera used its fourth generation Infinite Capacity Engine, combining 16QAM, multi-carrier common wavelocking, "near Nyquist" pulse shaping, and some very tight channel spacing. And of course it helps that they were able to use modern fiber with large effective area.

This article was authored by Rob Powell and was originally posted on

Rob Powell is founder & editor of Telecom Ramblings, which was set up in 2008. The website is dedicated to discussing trends and developments in the telecom industry.

Related content

No Comments Yet! Be the first to share what you think!
This website uses cookies
This provides customers with a personalized experience and increases the efficiency of visiting the site, allowing us to provide the most efficient service. By using the website and accepting the terms of the policy, you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.