WARSAW, Poland, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Orange and Nokia have achieved the world’s first optical transmission of 250 Gigabits per second (Gb/s) per wavelength over 870km through Orange Poland’s existing network infrastructure. This milestone was reached when a six-carrier 1.5 Terabits per second (Tb/s) superchannel occupying a bandwidth of 300GHz was transmitted between Warsaw and Wroclaw over standard single mode fiber. The trial demonstrates how Orange Poland can stay ahead of surging bandwidth demand as cloud networking continues to grow.
Optical systems typically achieve maximum transmission capacity over short distances and lower capacity across long distances. This trial demonstrated how capacity and distance can be improved in tandem using Nokia technology, resulting in a 250% increase in bandwidth over commonly deployed 100Gb/s networks using the same amount of spectrum.
Christian Gacon, Vice President in charge of Orange’s transport networks, said: “This ground-breaking milestone will be the basis for faster networks and a better user experience for our customers. Bandwidth demands are continuing to skyrocket, but we also need to keep our infrastructure costs in check. Reaching these new heights in optical transmission proves we can meet bandwidth demand while maintaining the lowest cost per bit so our business can continue to flourish.”
Sam Bucci, head of Nokia’s Optical business, said: “At Nokia we continue to push the limits of optical technology with our customers. The massive bandwidth demands brought on by cloud networking – and the anticipated continued growth of that demand – means we never stop innovating. Our recently announced photonic engine, the PSE2, and our 500G muxponder, in combination with Orange’s talented engineers and rock solid network infrastructure, made this technical feat possible. We’re proud of this accomplishment and look forward to more innovation as the telco cloud network takes hold.”
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.
With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 155,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 252 million customers worldwide at 31 March 2016, including 191 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.
Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.