COLT tries 100 Gbps Ethernet on for size

Colt continues to rank high on the international Ethernet delivery department, but the service provider's trial of 100 GbE services with Infinera shows that the European provider isn't going to rest on its laurels either.

During the recently completed trial, Colt tested prototype 100GbE client interfaces on Infinera systems over an 861 km route from London and Frankfurt.

Infinera's trial is timely in that its 100GbE interfaces are compliant with the IEEE's newly ratified 803.2ba Ethernet standard for 40 and 100 Gbps Ethernet. Also participating in the trial was EXFO, which supplied its FTB-85 100 Gigabit/second (Gb/s) Packet Blazer tester.

Colt is just one of many carriers currently conducting 100 Gbps trials. In addition to the much-publicized trials and deployments being done by both AT&T and Verizon with their respective vendors, XO Communications conducted a field trial of Infinera's photonic integrated circuits (PICs) over a 1348 km live network span.  

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