ECI Telecom, with the Tera Santa Consortium, Performs Successful Trial of 1Tb/s Optical Transmission over DFN’s Network

  ECI Telecom, with the Tera Santa Consortium, Performs Successful Trial of
  1Tb/s Optical Transmission over DFN’s Network

-- Trial establishes the path to effectively support supercomputing, big data
                                 and cloud --

Business Wire

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel -- April 16, 2014

ECI Telecom, a global provider of next-generation network solutions, Finisar
(NASDAQ: FNSR), a world leader in flexible optical technology, MultiPhy, a
leader in DSP-based CMOS communications semiconductors, and the Technion
Israel Institute of Technology have successfully demonstrated 1Tb/s
transceiver transmission with the Tera Santa Consortium. In the trial, the
consortium transported non-regenerated 1Tb/s coherent super channel signal
through the German Research Network - Deutsches Forschungsnetz e.V.
(DFN-Verein) optical network.

ECI deployed its Apollo family of packet-optical transport solution across
DFN’s X-WiN’s network in 2012, and has since upgraded it to support the
delivery of 100G services, for faster connectivity and increased capacity.


  *The trial, which took place at the Technische Universität Dresden, ran
    over DFN’s live X-WiN network, and used the 1Tb/s transceiver developed by
    the Tera Santa Consortium, as part of its research on 1Tb/s adaptive
    coherent channel behavior. It demonstrates the advanced capabilities of
    the Tera Santa 1T transmission system and technologies in compensating for
    channel impairments and chromatic dispersion utilizing advanced QAM16 and
    OFDM modulations and algorithms.
  *DFN’s X-WiN network features ECI’s Apollo packet-optical transport
    solution, with flexible grid technology, which provides operators with
    additional flexibility when assigning spectrum compared to traditional WDM
    technology. DFN’s network is based on colorless, directionless and
    contentionless ROADM WDM layers and ODU cross-connect at Layer 1– thus
    enabling a dynamic network with the ability to respond quickly to any new
    service demands.
  *Finisar demonstrated the software-defined 1 Terabit optical transceiver,
    which hosted the different algorithms developed by the consortium, in an
    end-to-end transceiver platform utilizing Finisar Flexgrid™ - WSS used to
    add/drop the 200GHz super channel signal. The OFDM algorithms were
    developed by both MultiPhy (128 OFDM carriers) and the Technion (1024 OFDM
    carriers), using two different implementation approaches.

The Tera Santa Consortium was established in 2011 as an initiative of the
Israeli Chief Scientist Office in the Ministry of Economy, through the Magnet
Program which promotes cutting-edge technologies for the future. The Tera
Santa Consortium brought togetherIsraeli technology companies and
universities to develop the world’s first Orthogonal Frequency Division
Multiplexing (OFDM)-based optical transceiver. The members of the consortium
are ECI Telecom,Finisar Corporation, MultiPhy,Cello, Civcom, Bezeq
International, theTechnion Israel Institute of Technology,Ben-Gurion
University, theHebrew University in Jerusalem,Bar-Ilan University
andTel-Aviv University.

This trial is one more milestone for the Consortium, which built upon the
successful transmission of non-regenerated 100G traffic, via the Jonah
international submarine cable, owned by Bezeq International, Israel’s leading
telecommunications company and member of the Tera Santa Consortium. The data
was transmitted by the Apollo OMLT over a total distance of 4,600 km from Tel
Aviv to Bari, Italy and back.

The consortium continues to develop the 1T technology and optical transceiver,
taking into consideration different scenarios, such as the Jonah International
submarine cable.


DFN’s production network consists of 88 channels, state-of-the-art ROADM
network with colorless, directionless and contentionless functionality,
deployed all over Germany with more than 11,000 km of fibers. DFN deployed
ECI's Apollo platforms, running 10G and 100G channel. The 1Tbps service was
added over the live network without any traffic disruption, proving DFN’s
robust design for 1Tbps 200GHz Super-Channel carriers based on QAM16 and OFDM
modulations. The 1T transceiver card brings significant capacity growth to the
optical cable, relieving traffic congestion and enabling new applications
while demonstrating the capability of upgrading capacities over existing


“DFN strives to be at the forefront of networking to better provide our users
with the highest level of connectivity and services over the X-WiN network.
The 1T trial with ECI’s Apollo platform showed us a nearby future full of
possibilities for our members.”
Dr. Stefan Piger, DFN Association

“Supercomputing, clouds and big data are increasingly high requirements on
communication networks.As a data center with many years of research and
development tasks in data-intensive computing, we are pleased to be involved
in the Terabit testbed of the DFN-Verein and to support this first step
towards terabit technology in Germany.”
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang E. Nagel, Director of the Center for Information Services
and High Performance Computing at the Technische Universität Dresden

"ECI and our technology partners Finisar, MultiPhy and the Technion, members
of the Tera-Santa consortium, demonstrated the power of 1-terabit optical link
coherent technology. With such high transmission rates, DFN can exponentially
increase its network capacity and provide its users better and more cost
effective services.”
Shai Stein, CTO, ECI Telecom and Consortium Chairman


Apollo 100G Coherent Optical Solutions (Solutions brochure)

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DFN is the German National Research and Education Network providing
communication and collaboration services to universities and research
institutions in Germany. Founded in 1984 DFN became soon an essential part
inthe global community of research and education networks. Today, DFN’s
service portfolio is constantly being enhanced by innovative applications
which are developed in funded projects and piloting ventures. DFN supports its
users by conducting training events, workshops or conferences and promotes
various competence centres which provide advice in operational and technical
matters as well as in legal affairs.

DFN is a non-profit association under German law. For more information, visit


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