Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) and Italian service provider Fastweb say they have successfully demonstrated single-wavelength transmission of 500 Gbps on 180-km of Fastweb's backbone fiber network. The high-speed network transmission trial leveraged Infinera's Groove platform.

The trial used a live fiber route between Milan and Turin and did not require changes to the route's amplifiers, tuning, or other elements, the partners say. Fastweb already employs the Groove disaggregated network platform, as well as the Infinera 7300 Multi-Haul Transport Platform and mTera Universal Switching Platform, in its fiber backbone. All three platforms came to Infinera through its acquisition of Coriant; Coriant added 600G capabilities to the Groove system shortly before the acquisition closed (see “Coriant adds 600G transmission to Groove via CloudWave T").

The trial aimed to demonstrate Fastweb's ability to quickly scale capacity on its fiber-optic backbone, which comprises more than 650 nodes. “Providing our customers with resilient, high-quality, and innovative solutions is in Fastweb's DNA," said Andrea Lasagna, CTO at Fastweb. “As the market for high-performance long-haul transport continues to grow at an accelerated pace, a scalable and simple network approach is required to satisfy the growing demand for bandwidth. This trial confirms the outstanding performance provided by Infinera's innovative solution, which enables us to deliver a best-in-class customer experience at the highest transmission speeds."

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