While its NBN project has a long road ahead of it yet, Australia got some 100G loving today from AAPT. They commercially launched a 100Gbps connection between Melbourne and Sydney on April 1, but of course it’s better to announce such things on April 2 lest one not be believed.
The new service is powered by Ciena’s coherent 100G gear, which has been one of the most successful of the early movers. Ciena and AAPT have a long relationship, so it’s no surprise they’re working together on this one. 2012 looks like it will be the year that 100G starts pulling its weight at least a little bit when it comes to revenue.
The inter-capital link is a relatively short one, taking just 5ms for data to traverse, but is of course one of the busiest routes in the country. No doubt over time they will have a need for 100G links on the longer links.