Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. , a global provider of fiber-based communications solutions, and Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a global provider of networking solutions, nowadays announced the successful achievement of the longest known terrestrial distance of an 800G optical wave in a commercial network: 1,044.51 km. Zayo’s proprietary fiber path runs from Springville, Utah, to Reno, Nevada, and is lit and powered by Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology.
800G is the highest capacity commercially available line wavelength used in production networks. Historically, 800G airwaves have been limited by distance, but with advances in technology and improved fiber network performance, Zayo and Infinera are helping to further power 800G in Zayo’s optical network. Extending long wavelengths over ever greater distances makes services more cost effective and efficient for end users. In recent months, Zayo has made meaningful investments in the company’s fiber network throughout North America and Western Europe, including 31 high-capacity, 400G-enabled long-distance routes and its first 800G production interstate wave. in the U.S. Longer wavelengths provide significant network bandwidth expansion needed to power HD content, 5G cellular networks, IoT, remote work and more.
“As part of our efforts to supply the best connectivity services available to facilitate growth for our customers, Zayo continues to accomplish what was not possible before,” said Aaron Werley, vice president of Lit Networks at Zayo. “We look to our customers’ goals to guide our evolution, and the demand for 800G is driven by the need for more bandwidth at higher line speeds while leveraging the cost-effectiveness of high-speed wavelengths.” ability to cover longer distances. We are grateful to both our partners at Infinera, whose hardware solutions pushed the boundaries, and the outstanding members of our Zayo team who helped make this achievement possible.”
“At Infinera, our vision is a connected world with unlimited bandwidth for everyone – everywhere, always and instantly,” said Tom Burns, General Manager, Optical Modules and Coherent Solutions Group, Infinera. “We have built our company on a history of challenging conventional thinking and reimagining the telecommunications industry to power the contemporary enterprise. There is no better way to illustrate a commitment to innovation than to seek out and break world records for network connectivity. This is a groundbreaking occasion and we are proud to have partnered with Zayo to make history.”