For many in the industry commercial 100Gbps can't get here fast enough, but it is coming! Today at the SC09 conference in Seattle, a coalition of made up of Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings), Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings), Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings), Internet2, and ESNet demonstrated a multivendor 100Gbps routing and optical network. This group has been working steadily together since last November. In this case of course, we are talking about the 10x10Gb version of 100G, which requires fewer technical advances and will probably come first.
The test involved a new 10x10GbE physical router card from Juniper which they announced today. A 100G test signal was sent from Seattle to Portland and back via Infinera gear over the Internet2 and Level 3 networks - which of course are the same intercity fiber route, but still. Now, this is not a 100G wavelength solution, it is about delivering a 100GbE product to customers using a network with a whole lot of 10G pipes bundled together. But since it doesn't have to wait for them to work out the kinks in the 100G native wavelength model, it is probably closer to commercial viability.
So when do we see that commercial product then? Who will be the first to offer a 100GbE intercity connection to someone other than a trade show audience? Perhaps we will see something by springtime?
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