We have seen 100G trials all over the world over the past quarter or two, but today saw the first Transatlantic implementation of 100G. Hibernia Atlantic and Huawei successfully demonstrated coherent 100G on the 5,570km cable between Halifax, Nova Scotia and Southport, England. And beyond the successful demonstration, the two intend to move forward on commercial deployment next year.
Hibernia is also planning 100G upgrades to its terrestrial links between London and Amsterdam and Halifax and Montreal for the first quarter of next year. That will let them offer 100G connectivity not just from landing station to landing station, but from North American market to European market – a key feature of Hibernia’s business model.
In addition to the 100G trial, Hibernia and Huawei also said today that they achieved 40Gbps wavelengths at 50Ghz spacing along with co-propagation of 100Gbps wavelengths.
Hibernia is also working with Huawei on their Project Express buildout, now anticipated to go into service in 2013. Early on they had aimed for sometime in 2012 I think, but now that they’ve gotten through the early stages the schedule has firmed up a bit more and moved into 2013. Of course, they haven’t said *when* in 2013 either yet – I’ll have to inquire.