Pacific Crossing, Infinera complete first transpacific 100Gbps subsea trial

Staff writer
14 Oct 2011

Infinera and Pacific Crossing, a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT Communications and operator of the transpacific submarine cable system PC-1, announced the successful completion of a 100 Gbps subsea trial.

The subsea trial spanned more than 9,500 kilometers on Pacific Crossing’s PC-1 fiber from California to Japan. This is the first and longest successful 100 Gb/s trial performed across the Pacific delivering digital coherent transmission.

This trial demonstrates the unique ability to deliver two industry firsts. The 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) demonstration was the first transmission of a 100 GbE client service carried across the Pacific using 40 Gb/s optical channels with Infinera’s FlexCoherent transmission.

The success of this trial was based on Infinera’s commercially available 40 Gb/s optical line module and 100 GbE client interface on Infinera’s DTN platform. The second demonstration was the first realization of a 100 Gb/s optical channel using binary phase shift keying (BPSK) with soft decision forward error correction (SD FEC) that will be available in the future on Infinera’s DTN-X platform.

The Asia Pacific region has been experiencing exponential growth in Internet bandwidth demand. According to Internet World Stats, the number of Internet users in Asia grew from 114 million to 922 million from 2000 to 2011. The growth is forecast to continue, thereby driving the need for subsea networking equipment that can deliver the required capacity.

Infinera has completed successful trials of 100 Gb/s and 500 Gb/s super-channels across the globe, recently with SEACOM in Africaand Interoute in Europe.

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