For the first time, tens of terabits per second (Tbps), were transported over 762 km (472 miles) on the Orange network, setting a transmission record. The transmission, along the Lyon-Marseille-Lyon link, was made possible by Ekinops’ ultra-high capacity optical transmission technology.

This full-scale multi-terabit transmission, which took place on the Orange optical fiber infrastructure of its operational network during a trial that lasted several weeks, is a world record, not only in terms of global data capacity transported (38.4 Tbps), but also in the transmission distance (762 km / 472 miles).

Orange Transported 38.4 Terabits-per-Second over a Distance of 762 km

For Orange, the objective was to demonstrate that the fiber infrastructure of its operational network is able to carry data rates of tens of Tbps over distances of several hundred kilometers.

To establish this transmission record, Orange relied on equipment from EKINOPS (Euronext Paris - FR0011466069 - EKI) and Keopsys SA, which provided new generation hybrid Raman / Erbium optical amplifiers along the Lyon-Marseille-Lyon link. These new generation amplifiers were based on joint research and development between EKINOPS and Keopsys, a specialist in optical fiber amplifiers and lasers. Their combined expertise makes possible this low cost, highly energy efficient and innovative technology for the modernization of traditional optical fiber networks.

“EKINOPS is particularly proud of this technological achievement, which is the result of close collaboration with Orange," said Jean-Luc Pamart, Vice President Engineering at Ekinops. "Innovation is in the DNA of EKINOPS and this collaboration illustrates our ability to deliver innovative and efficient equipment to upgrade the capacity of existing fiber networks. It also demonstrates how EKINOPS can respond in a relevant way to the technological needs of major operators.”

For its part, "Keopsys demonstrates its technological capacity through the development and implementation of next generation fibered products that can be easily integrated into broadband communication platforms," said Marc Le Flohic, CEO of Keopsys. "The hybrid fiber amplifiers efficiently increase bandwidth of new optical transmission networks."

This field trial was carried out in the framework of the European CELTIC-Plus project SASER (SAfe European and Secure Routing).

About Ekinops

EKINOPS is a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. Our programmable and highly scalable solutions enable the fast, flexible and cost-effective deployment of new services for both high-speed, high-capacity optical transport as well as virtualization-enabled managed enterprise services.

Our product portfolio consists of three highly complementary product and service sets: EKINOPS 360, OneAccess and Compose. EKINOPS 360 provides optical transport solutions for metro, regional and long-distance networks with WDM for high-capacity point-to-point, ring and optical mesh architectures, and OTN for improved bandwidth utilization and efficient multi-service aggregation.

OneAccess offers a wide choice of physical and virtualized deployment options for Layer 2 and Layer 3 access network functions.

Compose supports service providers in making their networks software-defined with a variety of software management tools and services, including the scalable SD-WAN Xpress. As service providers embrace SDN and NFV deployment models, EKINOPS enables future-proofed deployment today, enabling operators to seamlessly migrate to an open, virtualized delivery model at a time of their choosing.

A global organization, EKINOPS (EKI) - a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange - is headquartered in Lannion, France, and EKINOPS Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.

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