Nokia and TIM break European record for long-distance data transmission over high-speed network - laying groundwork for 5G

30.05.2019 klo 10:00 Nokia and TIM break European record for long-distance data transmission over high-speed network - laying groundwork for 5G

Press Release

  * Two companies achieved data transport of 550 Gigabits per second on the 350
    km Rome to Florence backbone network

30 May 2019

Espoo, Finland - TIM (Telecom Italia), in collaboration with Nokia, has achieved
a wavelength speed of 550 Gigabits per second (Gb/s), a new European record for
data transmission over a long-distance backbone network. The trial covered more
than 350 kilometres on TIM's operational network between Rome and Florence using
the new Nokia Photonic Service Engine 3 (Nokia PSE-3).

In addition to this milestone, TIM and Nokia also reached a transmission rate of
400 Gigabit/s over 900 kilometers between Rome and Milan, and 300 Gb/s over
1,750 kilometers.

The PSE-3 is the first coherent DSP to implement a sophisticated signal
processing algorithm known as Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS), which
maximizes data transport capacity over any distance. This speed triples the
bandwidth of the current network, and with the arrival of 5G, will offer
customers the most efficiency and connectivity in support of the ever-increasing
ultrabroadband traffic, as well as ensuring reliability and security.

The TIM backbone is a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) network based on
the latest generation of Nokia's 1830 Photonic Service Switch. The network is
fully automated and currently carries optical signals with a capacity of 100
Gb/s over distances of up to 1,800 kilometers, and 200 Gb/s up to 800
kilometers. The backbone, with a coverage of over 16,000 kilometers of fiber,
and connecting to 65 national POPs (Point of Presence), has carried over 9,000
petabytes of data traffic in the last year, equivalent to the content of 2
billion DVDs.

Elisabetta  Romano, Chief Technology & Innovation  Officer at TIM, said: "We are
proud of this European record which confirms TIM's technological leadership, the
high  quality of our network, our  commitment to develop innovative solutions in
order  to guarantee the best experience  to our customers. Today's result, which
triples  transmission speed  compared to  the current  one, confirms  that TIM's
network  is the  most advanced  infrastructure capable  of offering  new digital
services and platforms, also with a view to developing 5G."

Sam Bucci, Head of Optical Networking at Nokia, said: "We are proud of the
partnership we have built with Telecom Italia over the years, and of the
opportunity to demonstrate the capability of our PCS technology on their most
important transport infrastructure."

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