NTT commits to true cross-Pacific 100G

Rob Powell/Telecom Ramblings
07 Nov 2011

Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Communications has committed to putting true 100G to use on its PC-1 cable.

It was just last month that their subsidiary Pacific Crossing took Infinera’s 100G DTN-X solution for a successful spin, apparently it went even better than expected.

The upgrade will be in place by mid-2013, and is expected to more than triple the cable’s total capacity to 10Tbps.

For several years now, NTT has been looking for a 100G solution to get behind. But looking to put it on a TransPacific cable so soon shows just how important the PC-1 cable is to NTT’s global network. They acquired it just a couple years ago, and have put large amounts of traffic across it ever since. With 100G technology in place, they should be set for a few more years at least.

While the release didn’t actually say there was a contract in place, the news is still a big vote of confidence for Infinera’s newest technology.

The DTN-X won’t even hit the market until sometime in the first half of next year, yet has a global Tier 1 carrier lining up. If it’s ready for transpacific work, it’s surely ready for shorter transatlantic routes too, not to mention your everyday terrestrial routes.

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.

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