Transport equipment maker Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) and the Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) announced today at Interop Tokyo a successful 100 Gigabit Ethernet demonstration over a live network in Makuhari, outside Tokyo. The 100GbE stream was handed off from an IP router to a prototype Infinera 100GbE module containing Opnext IEEE-compliant transceivers.
NTT is one of the carriers most eager to move toward 100GbE technology, in an effort to simply its networks. Now, of course, this is not 100G over a single wavelength, but rather via Infinera’s bandwidth virtualization which can make use of a combination of available wavelengths. There is often a confusion of terms, but it seems clear that 2010 is the year 100G becomes reality, though it will take years yet to become ubiquitous.
Separately, NTT America expanded its IP network into Boston. The new ArcStar PoP will enable them to reach more of their multinational customer base. The US division of NTT continues to add new nodes to its network, having hooked up Denver last autumn. They’ve always leased wavelengths to run their US network, but the deeper they go the more cost effective it might be to go the fiber route instead.
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