Ericsson offers Oz IPTV, HDTV boost with 1Tbps optical link

Editor | 18-03-2013
Ericsson has announced the first successful trial with leading Australian telco Telstra of a 1Tbps link over 995km of an existing optical fibre network.
The communications technology giant says that the trial of the 1,000 gigabits optical link between Sydney and Melbourne shows it is possible to deploy 1Tbps bandwidth in a real network and it is highly likely that such capability will see use in accelerating high quality IPTV services. Ericsson's terabit solution, which was used in the trial, offers software configurable optical characteristics, with frequency packing for high spectral efficiency and ‘advanced’ forward error correction for enhanced performance of the communications channel.

Commenting on the trial, Telstra director transport & routing engineering, David Robertson, said: "We are currently upgrading our optical transmission networks with Ericsson's next generation 100Gbps technology and this trial demonstrates that the higher 1Tbps speeds are possible. The trial has proven that our existing optical cable plant can support Tbps channels along with 40Gbps and 100Gbps channels simultaneously on the same fibre, verifying that we have the ability to increase capacity on our existing fibre cables when required."
Added Alessandro Pane, head of Ericsson R&D optical transmission: "Like so many developed countries, Australia is a very technologically advanced market and Australians are sophisticated users of broadband and mobile technology. In addition, there is widespread smartphone, tablet, IPTV and HDTV take-up. Supporting all these services requires an ever-growing capacity in backhaul and inter-city transmission.”