Telia Carrier Taps Infinera to Upgrade Its Backbone

December 16th, 2021 by · Leave a Comment

Infinera has won a high profile internet backbone over to its ICE6 800G technology as of this morning. Telia Carrier has selected Infinera’s gear to help power its ongoing global network expansion, expanding upon the two companies’ existing relationship.

Telia Carrier had put the technology through its paces in a field trial between Denver and Chicago. The test achieved 600G wavelengths with spectral efficiency of 5.33 bits/s/Hz across 2396km of fiber over an existing third party line system. Rolling out that capability across their network gives Telia Carrier 50% more capacity per fiber and thus supports ongoing growth in bandwidth demand.

Telia Carrier has been steadily expanding its North American footprint via more dark fiber routes and a steady stream of new PoPs over the years. Most recently that took them down to the Mexican market of Queretaro with MCM Telecom and to Switch’s facility in Las Vegas.  They operate one of the world’s leading backbones over that infrastructure, as well as their deep presence across Europe and extensive reach into APAC.

Telia Carrier has been independent from its former parent Telia since this past summer, and is owned by Polhem Infra.  We had CEO Staffan Göjeryd here in 2020 for an Industry Spotlight.

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