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Telstra completes 100Gbps transmission trials

Telstra completes 100Gbps transmission trials

Telco teams up with Nortel to boost speeds

Telstra has teamed up with Nortel to complete trials of next generation 100Gbps and 40Gbps transmissions between two capital cities.

Both trials were done with Nortel Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology on existing Telstra fibre over a two week period from July 3 to July 16.

For the 100Gbps trial, the telco used a continuous 2038km fibre optic link between Adelaide and Sydney. The 40Gbps trail was done through a 3370km on a looped-back section of the Sydney and Adelaide route. Data did not require refresh or regeneration at any point.

Telstra networks and services managing director, Michael Rocca, said in a statement the tests demonstrated the capability of transporting larger amounts of network traffic without incurring the cost of major equipment and infrastructure upgrades.

In a statement, Nortel carrier networks vice president, Anthony McLachlan, said the company’s technology allowed Telstra to redefine the value of its fibre infrastructure with a tenfold increased in capacity compared to the existing 10G networks.

Trials on next generation transmission are becoming more important as customer demands continue to put pressure on bandwidth availability. Due to a dramatic increase in network traffic on inter-capital routes, Telstra recently announced upgrades for the Sydney to Melbourne transmission link from 10Gbps to 40Gbps.


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