Kinetic tests low-power 100G digital transceiver

Kinetic by Windstream successfully tested the 100G digital coherent optical (DCO) transceiver over a live network in Little Rock, Arkansas. #pressrelease

September 25, 2023

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Kinetic by Windstream, the leading provider of fiber-based connectivity, collaboration, and security services for businesses and homes across an 18-state footprint, announced today the successful trial of the 100G ZR QSFP28 digital coherent optical (DCO) transceiver over a live, existing network in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Kinetic continues to push the boundaries of innovation, partnering with Coherent Corp. to deploy the new pluggable transceiver, which requires less equipment to expand network capacity. The technology offers a simpler, more efficient way to bring high-speed internet to more homes and businesses across America while reducing carbon costs and offering an opportunity for smarter fiber investment in communities.

The 100G DCO transceiver is as much as ten times more energy efficient and requires a fraction of the space and power of traditional transport solutions. When plugged into a router, it eliminates the need for additional transponder hardware—and the need to purchase, install, and power that equipment.

Kinetic is leading the way in demonstrating the efficacy of the 100G DCO, proving through an extensive live field study that the transceiver performs across existing DWDM transport systems. Results of the study show that the technology can seamlessly be integrated into the existing Kinetic network without replacing current equipment.

The successful trial of the 100G DCO validates the ability to use this new technology across a large percentage of Kinetic's footprint. The module is currently a prototype and is set to be released in 2024.

Read the full press release here.


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