The field trial which took place over the fiber infrastructure provided by French company Orange last May, constitutes a new world-record for data transmission, both in terms of aggregated capacity -38.4 TeraBits per second- and transmission reach: 762 km, more than twice the distance of any previous field records.
This field trial was performed within the framework of the EUREKA Cluster Celtic-Plus’ SASER project funded jointly by the German BMBF, French DGE and Finish TEKES. “Without this type of support, innovation would be considerably slowed-down in Europe, and European industrial companies in the telecommunication sector could not compete any more with their global competitors.” Explains Erwan Pincemin, one of the lead R&D engineers involved in the project.
In this record-breaking field trial, advanced technology engineers from the various companies involved in the project used the latest advances in ultra-high-capacity optical communications technologies. Erwan Pincemin declared: “Without the implementation of this new technology, end-users will not be able to use their 4G and soon 5G smartphones, nor could they download HD videos on Internet. It is important to continuously up-grade the capacities of our information highways.”
Read the full press release ‘Record-breaking Transmission Field Trial of 38.4 Tbps over 762 kilometers Lyon-Marseille-Lyon Fiber Optic Link’, and an interview with team leader Erwan Pincemin from Orange.