Telstra and Ericsson test 1 Tbps in Australia

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Telstra and Ericsson have successfully conducted the first trial of 1Tbps technology in Australia over 995 km of its existing optical fiber network between Sydney and Melbourne.


Ericsson has demonstrated optical technology leadership by taking ultra-fast terabit transmission out of the lab and verifying its performance over real operator optical cables. The successful test confirms that operators will be in a position to deploy it to meet their capacity requirements when 1Tbps is eventually commercialized.

"This has been over two years in the making, and our teams have collaboratively come together to demonstrate the evolution of technology," says David Robertson, director of Transport and Routing Engineering, Telstra.

Telstra actually owns the most fiber in the country. To be able to prove that the fiber we have in the ground can carry terabit services is a fantastic position for us to be in added Robertson.


"Like so many developed countries, Australia is a very technologically advanced market and Australians are sophisticated users of broadband and mobile technology," says Alessandro Pane, head of Ericsson R&D Optical Transmission.

The trial has proven that our existing optical cable plant can support terabit channels along with 40Gbps and 100Gbps channels simultaneously on the same fiber added Pane

Ericsson has announced it will provide Telstra with the SPO 1400, the latest packet optical transport platform (POTP) for the metro and the MHL 3000 for long-haul applications with 100Gbps service support. The trial tested a 1Tbps line card in the MHL 3000.

The terabit solution used in the trial has some important advantages, including innovative frequency packing for high spectral efficiency, software configurable optical characteristics and advanced forward error correction for superior performance of the communications channel.

"With the growing demand on our networks for new services and capabilities, knowing that our infrastructure can grow to meet those requirements is very important for us," says Andrew Leong, principal domain expert, Optical, Telstra.