Infinera tests 8 Tbps speeds on older fiber

Not all fiber optic cable is created equal, and miles of older fiber deployed in Japan aren’t able to keep up with the latests electronics. This is why a test that delivered 8Tbps of bandwidth across DSF fiber in Japan is s big deal.

Huawei, Corning test 100G over 3,000 kilometers

This fall we have seen a number of companies announce their experiments and tests with 100 Gbps networks, especially over long haul networks. Today Chinese telecom behemoth Huawei showed off its latest efforts, conducted in partnership with Corning, a maker of optical cables and television glass.

Under the Atlantic Ocean, data zips at 100 Gbps

An optical transmission under the Atlantic at 100 Gbps – that sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Today, Hibernia Atlantic, a network operator and Chinese hardware maker Huawei did just that – the first 100Gbps optical transmission across the Atlantic. Infinera did the same under the Pacific.

Infinera, TeliaSonera test a new terabit network

TeliaSonera, a Scandinavian-based telephone company, has conducted a trial for an optical network that saw a terabit speed optical transmission based on 500 gigabit per second super channels. The trial used Infinera gear and was conducted between Los Angeles and San Jose, Calif.

Life in the fast lane, making the terabit age possible

We want information, and we want it now, so technologists are racing to keep up. From a stealthy startup in New Mexico getting funded to Infinera providing gear that could download Netflix’s entire library in 5 seconds, the secret for our need for speed is light.

The Terabit Age is Almost Upon Us

Infinera has demonstrated that it can built an optic transmitter capable of delivering multi-terabit speeds, paving the way for growth of the next generation of the Internet. The world is moving toward 100 Gbps in the coming years, but this enables growth for decades to come.

We Will Soon Live in a 100 Gbps World

While the U.S. government sets the bar low for residential broadband at 100 megabits per second, the telecommunications infrastructure guys are laughing all the way to the bank as demand for 100 gigabits per second pipes is expected by the telecommunications and computing infrastructure players.

Is TV Everywhere the Solution to the Set-top Box War?

Things got a little heated when device makers and cable representatives debated the future of the set-top box at the TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco today. TiVo (s TIVO) senior vice president and general counsel Matthew Zinn argued that cable companies should open up access to their interactive and on-demand programming in order to enable an open set-top box market. “You need access to the same content as the cable box,” he said, demanding that it was up to the FCC to ensure open access to this type of content. “This is not a question of technology, it’s a question of policy,” he added.
Paul Glist from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, who has been representing cable companies in their filings with the FCC, countered by questioning TiVo’s business model and platform design. “Consumers don’t want to be buying devices,” he said, adding that it was TiVo’s own decision not to support tru2way.
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Infinera Aims to Give Undersea Fiber Networks a Makeover

Infinera (s INFN) has been one of the optical industry‚Äôs disruptors, helping to boost capacity and lower the costs of both inter- and intracity networks. Now the company is turning its attention to subsea networks, as evidenced by its demo of a photonic integrated circuit (PIC)-based DTN system that transmitted data over a 4,000-kilometer, third-party subsea network. Infinera DTN has 25 Gigahertz (GHz) channel spacing vs. 50GHz spacing on the pre-existing equipment — in other words, double the network capacity.
Subsea systems typically have subsea optical amplifiers and submarine line terminal equipment (SLTE) located in terrestrial landing stations and connected to the either end of the amplifier chain. With its new DTN system, Infinera has replaced the pre-existing SLTE systems. With bandwidth demand continuing to grow at about 50 percent a year, innovations like these are what’s necessary to keep our digital lives humming.

Palm Pre Bits for the Week

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A few Palm (s PALM) Pre news bits hit this week. Instead of offering them up in slices, here’s the whole pie. There’s definitely some attractive features that have me leaning towards the Pre when my AT&T (s T) contract is up in June.

  • Palm’s Application Store won’t be the only game in town for the Pre. You’ll be able to “side load” third party software via USB or over the air. Here I thought there wouldn’t be any desktop software for the Pre; Sounds like it’s not total Synergy after all.
  • Pre can be used as a modem and USB drive. Sprint (s S) officially says so on the updated Pre product page. If anyone would know, I’d say it would Sprint. Both wireless tethering over Bluetooth 2.1 and wired tethering with USB 2.0 are options. Native USB mass storage should be automatic on every smartphone these days.
  • WebOS isn’t that small. The product page indicates that the 8GB phone will only have 7.4GB available to the user. I’m sure that not all of the 600MB is the operating system, but I’m curious how big software updates are going to be. Perhaps Palm will follow in Nokia’s footsteps and one-up Apple (s AAPL) by implementing incremental over-the-air updates. If Nokia can manage it with the N80x Internet Tablets and some N-series devices, I think Palm can make it happen. That would give more meaning to the name “WebOS” too.

With Mobile World Congress starting in three days, we’re sure to hear more on the Pre, so stay tuned. I expect we’ll find out about the GSM version, likely to be with Vodafone for starters.