The company is announcing Monday that Seacom Ltd. has tested Infinera's 100Gbit/s coherent transmission on a 1,732km loop between Johannesburg and a cable landing station (the point where an undersea cable comes up on land).
It's a test of just one 100Gbit/s link, not of the PIC's full five-channel, 500Gbit/s capacity. "The key thing is that we're transmitting 100Gbit/s coherent. That's what the customer asked us to do," says Mike Capuano, Infinera's vice president of marketing. [Update: After Infinera spoke with Light Reading, the company got word that Seacom did test all five lanes.]
With Seacom, the company has moved up to testing a module that uses a preliminary version of the PIC. (The company had demonstrated the PIC itself in March.)
Why this matters
Infinera's future is staked on this 500Gbit/s PIC, so every sign of progress counts. The company has been diligently updating investors on its progress and so far has stuck to its timetable, with volume production expected before July 2012. That could be just the right timing for Infinera to become a huge player in the 100Gbit/s optical generation.
Separately, it's noteworthy that Seacom, a privately held company that's laying fiber around Africa, is preparing for 100Gbit/s optical links.
"Seacom is having an event where they're inviting African media, government, customers -- it's a pretty big deal for Africa to be deploying infrastructure this cutting-edge," Capuano says.
Keep up with Infinera's 100Gbit/s progress:
- Infinera Readies the 100G Charge
- Infinera Meets (Low) Q2 Targets
- Infinera Hires IP-Over-DWDM Apologist
- Infinera Races the Clock on 100G
- 100G Decision Time Looms
- Infinera Demos 500G PICs
- Interoute Completes 100G Subsea Transmission
- Infinera's Looking at a Tough 2011
- Infinera Tanks on Q4 Outlook
- Infinera 100G Checkup
- A Peek Into Infinera's PICs
- Infinera Ditches 40G, Talks 100G
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading