With OFC/NFOEC this week, it was perhaps inevitable that we would get a deluge of 100G-related news. Here's a quick rundown of news from all the major players:
Teliasonera International Carrier says it has finished upgrading its pan-European backbone to 100G, which alongside their North American deployment gives the company bragging rights to perhaps the widest and deepest 100G footprints deployed so far. They're using Nokia Siemens Networks in Europe and Infinera in North America. Of course, Nokia Siemens Networks isn't the name anymore, it's now Coriant. The Nordic giant is also considering options to take its transatlantic capacity to 100G as well.
Cisco both won a 100G contract and introduced some new technology. Their 100G gear is powering an upgrade of the Kansas Fiber Network, which is operated by a consortium of 29 independent carriers across the state. And they unveiled their next generation 100G CMOS-based trancievers, which promise to reduce space and power requirements by over 70% compared with alternative form factors. Reducing the cost of 100G to well below that of 10x10G is a goal across the industry, and this can only help.
Infinera also announced both a contract and a new technology. Infinera and Pacnet revealed that the 100G upgrade plans that Pacnet announced a couple months back are in fact going to be powered by the DTN-X and its 500Gbps super channels. The two companies have worked closely together trialing the DTN-X, and this comes as no surprise. Infinera also unveiled FastSMP, a next generation shared mesh protection solution based on a hardware acceleration chip that enables sub-50ms recovery from multiple-failures. The additional capability helps to flesh out their DTN-X product set.
And Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) chimed in with a win at Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings). Their 6500 platform is being used to bring 100G to more than 50 metro networks around the US as well as in select international cities. CenturyLink is using Infinera in the longhaul, but Ciena picked up the metro contract.
And at the routing layer, Juniper Networks (NASDAQ:JNPR, news, filings) unveiled both a smaller supercore and an integrated paket-transport physical interface card. The former is the PTX3000 packet transfer router, which checks in at a depth of just 10.6 inches and can scale up to 24Tbps. The latter has two ports of line rate 100G forwarding for the entire PTX family.