Huawei and Proximus test 1 Terabits per second speed

Chinese networking giant Huawei, in partnership with telecom company Proximus, have achieved data connection speed of one terabits per second over super-channel optical cable.


This speed would allow you to download 33 HD films in just a second. It is the first time Huawei has tested this technology with an operator a single super-channel OTN Card with a transmission speed of 1 Tbps on Proximus’ optical backbone. The purpose of the test was to determine whether this technology can be integrated into the core network, to anticipate the constant and growing customers demand for more bandwidth.

This successful trial shows that the Proximus future optical backbone with a capacity of 200Gbps channels, can quickly and efficiently evolve to 400Gbps channels and even 1Tbps super channels in the future. By reusing the existing optical platform, chassis and slot, we can hence upgrade the transmission capacity of the core network links from 16Tbps to 20Tbps.

“The network is turning to DC (Data Center) centric, which brings a boost demand for increased bandwidth. Businesses are currently undergoing a digital transformation and consumers require always-on connectivity. Huawei supports its customers through innovation; together we build simplified networks ensuring the best user experience towards end users. This trial is testimony of Huawei’s engagement to innovation,”

said Jeffrey Gao, President of the Huawei transmission network product line.

The record-breaking transmission, held in Nice, France, involved sending data over 1,040km fibre connection, implementing a ‘Flexigrid’ infrastructure and Huawei’s own OSN (Optical Switch Node) 9800 platform and 1Tbps OTN (Optical Transport Network) line card, increasing the capacity of the fibre optic cable by compressing the spaces between the transmission channels. The increased density within the cable marks a 150% rise in efficiency over typical 100GBps network connections.

“At Proximus we pledge to satisfy the evolving customers demand by investing in new technologies to offer them the best quality and service. Together with Huawei we want to let our network infrastructure evolve to support current and future bandwidth demands and offer our customers an outstanding user experience,”

said Geert Standaert, Chief Technology Officer at Proximus.

Author: Sneha Bokil

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