Alcatel-Lucent and SaskTel have announced the successful trial of a fiber-optic data transmission they said could enable the delivery of data at speeds of up to 400 over a network originally built for 10G traffic.
The trial took place on a live network between Regina and Saskatoon.
The two companies said in a release it could result in SaskTel offering an immediate upgrade to 100G transmission today, moving to 400G in the future as and when needed.
The trial itself involved the use of Alcatel-Lucent's 1830 Photonic Service Switch platform, which has the ability to be deployed simultaneously with existing multiple 10G, 40 and 100G network links.
SaskTel said 400G technology helps address demand that is being driven by growing customer reliance on multimedia, particularly video and high-speed broadband.