What would OFC/NFOEC (which began Sunday in Anaheim, Calif.) be without some terabit? It's true 400Gbit/s is the next speed grade for optical and Ethernet standards. But this trial hints that 1Tbit/s could be within reach when the time comes; the test might have been run under partially idealized conditions, but it ran on an existing network, not in the lab. It also shows that some carriers are interested in seeing what 1Tbit/s can do. It wouldn't be surprising to hear more such announcements out of OFC/NFOEC this week, considering Ericsson and others were showing off the technology last year. (See Ericsson Builds a Terabit.) For more
- Telefónica & Infinera Demo 10Tbit/s 'Super Channel'
- Alcatel-Lucent's 400Gbit/s Feat
- OIF Takes an Early Look at 400G