Yesterday, Colt Group (LON:COLT, news) and Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN, news, filings) announced a successful field trial of the latter's 100GbE services. With prototype 100GbE client interfaces in London and Frankfurt, the data passed over the company's 861km of fiber. Testing and verification performed by an EXFO FTB-80 100G Packet Blazer, which is quite a mouthful I must say.
It's no accident they chose the London to Frankfurt route, given that the financial sector is keeping a close eye on pretty much anything fast that travels on it. Naturally, Colt also took the opportunity to measure the latency on the trial 100GbE connection, which came in at 4.23ms. Let's see a pigeon beat that!
The European trial comes two weeks after a related effort on XO's fiber backbone between Denver and Dallas in which 5x100Gbps PICs were used. For a technology not slated to be available commercially for over a year, Infinera sure is making mouths water early for its 100G offerings. Too early perhaps?
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