AT&T, NEC, and Corning Researchers Complete another Record- Breaking Fiber Capacity Test
Researchers Successfully Transmit Data at 32 Terabits per Second on a Single Optical Fiber Over 580 Kilometers, Advancing Development of Next-Generation Broadband Network Technology
Middletown, New Jersey, Princeton, New Jersey, Corning, New York, May 11, 2009
AT&T*, NEC Corporation of America and Corning Incorporated today presented the results of another record-setting optical fiber transmission capacity test, using emerging network technologies to transmit data at 114 Gigabits per second over each of 320 separate optical channels on a single, 580-kilometer optically amplified link, resulting in a total bandwidth capacity of 32 Terabits per second.
The new result exceeds the bandwidth capacity of the previous record-setting test by 25 percent, and transmits it over more than twice the distance. The latest milestone, presented recently at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference & Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) in San Diego, Calif., advances development of 100 Gigabit technologies, which are expected to be finalized and ready for deployment within the next few years to boost capacity in carrier backbone networks.
Advancing the capacity of fiber-optic connections is vital to the continued growth of the Internet and IP-based services and applications. As traffic from wireless and wired broadband devices continues to grow, communications carriers and equipment providers must continually innovate to expand and enhance the capability of core networking technologies like 100 Gigabit connectivity.
"IP traffic on the AT&T network is growing at about 45 percent year over year, so groundbreaking research efforts like this are critical to our ongoing efforts to stay ahead of our customers' rapidly evolving and expanding needs," said Peter Magill, executive director of optical systems research, AT&T Labs. "In setting this new bandwidth capacity record, we used a transmission method that enables better management of the interference that can result from operating 320 wavelengths over a single fiber-optic link. To do so, we used a new way to generate such signals and a new signal-processing algorithm to receive them again. We're looking forward to further testing of these techniques and the additional bandwidth advances that may come from it."
The laboratory link was composed of seven spans, each containing a single-stage Erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) for both the C- and L-band and a section of Corning® SMF-28® ULL fiber, an ITU G.652 compliant ultra-low-loss optical fiber.
"NEC has been relentless in pushing forward-looking research and development of advanced optical networking technology to help carriers meet the growth in network traffic," said Ting Wang, department head, Optical Networking, NEC Labs America. "This exciting achievement demonstrates the feasibility of packing 320 channels on one fiber with 25GHz spacing."
"There are still several challenges, including maturity and cost efficiency, to overcome before the deployment of such a high transmission rate over a single fiber, but we are definitely closer," added Milorad Cvijetic, vice president and chief technology strategist, Optical Network Systems Division, NEC Corporation of America.
"As the foundation of telecommunications networks, optical fiber innovation can help enable carriers to cost effectively keep up with ever-growing traffic demands", said Barry Linchuck, director of marketing, Corning Optical Fiber, Corning Incorporated. "Corning's recent innovation of ultra low-loss, high-performance fiber enables network operators to achieve higher capacities per fiber at the operating distances they need."
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