TeliaSonera International Carrier extends optical network reach with Infinera's SD-FEC technology
TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) now has the capability to immediately double capacity on its North American terrestrial network using the super-channel implementation of Soft Decision Forward Error Correction (SD-FEC) capability that's now available on Infinera's (Nasdaq: INFN) DTN-X product.
Infinera and TSIC recently completed a verification test of the SD-FEC element on a production route between Houston to Phoenix.
SD-FEC is an advanced error detection and correction technology that Infinera says enables transport networks to deliver error-free digital information at extremely high data rates and over very long distances. What this means for carriers like TSIC that are deploying multiple long-haul networks supporting 100G and beyond is they can gain greater capacity and reach without the need to regenerate the signal along the course of the route.
"Service providers are continuously looking to make better use of their network assets so an SD-FEC enabled 500G supper-channel that nearly doubles the reach of the current system will really resonate with large network operators," said Ron Kline, principal analyst, network infrastructure at Ovum.
The work with TSIC is the second public trial it has announced with the SD-FEC technology. In January, Infinera demonstrated its third generation FlexCoherent Processor, integrated with SD-FEC along with 500 Gbps PICs over Telstra Global's dedicated fiber pair on the Hawaii to California route of its AAG submarine cable system.
Winning an expanded contract with an established customer like TSIC is important for Infinera and appealing to more service providers that are considering the DTN-X platform. During the second quarter, the DTN-X platform drove up the vendor's revenues to $138.4 million.
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