It's still early yet in the 100G deployment cycle, but we are already starting to see tests of the optical industry's next gear. Yesterday in Australia, Telstra and Ericsson did just that with a successful 1Tbps trial.
The trial took place over Telstra's 995km fiber route between Sydney and Melbourne, using a 1Tbps line card in Ericsson's MHL 3000 packet optical transport platform. Telstra is currently deploying Ericsson's gear to upgrade its systems to 100Gbps, which offered the opportunity to try out some gear from Ericsson's R&D labs and get a look at the future. The two say the test proves that the former's existing plant can not only support such terabit pipes but also do it alongside existing 40G and 100G channels on the same fiber.
Australia is of course in the midst of a fundamental transformation of its telecommunications industry and infrastructure as the NBN buildout continues. It's a bit project of course, and by the time they're done we'll see commercial applications of such terabit technology ready to take advantage of it.
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