Hibernia Atlantic joins Huawei in 100G transatlantic cable trial

Hibernia Atlantic, a U.S.-owned submarine cable provider, is once again trying to push the envelope of its network by completing a 100G transatlantic connection between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Southport, England.

Completed in partnership with network equipment partner Huawei, the trial will enable the service provider complete its deployment schedule, one that includes 100G connections between Halifax and Montreal and between Amsterdam and London by Q1 2012. It will announce additional routes later next year.  

During the trial, the pair tested the capabilities of Huawei's 100G single wavelength coherent technology included in its OptiX product series. Coherent technology has become the accepted defacto standard for 100G submarine and terrestrial network deployments.

Given the capital expense it takes to deploy network equipment, another key piece of the trial was that the two companies, in addition to demonstrating error-free 100G transmission, were able to achieve transmission with existing Huawei 40 Gbps wavelengths at 50 GHz spacing, Hibernia announced.

Looking to potential future capabilities that will extend beyond the trial, Huawei said it demonstrated co-propagation of 100 Gbps wavelengths at 50 GHz spacing which enables future upgrades of subsea capacities up to 5 Tbps.  

For more:
- see the release

Related articles:
Hibernia Atlantic's GFN establishes link into Toronto Stock Exchange
XO, Hibernia enter long-haul network pact
Tinet brings wholesale network to Boston, Mass.
Comptel 2010: XO plays international network matchmaker