Sadly the test was simply that, and there and no current plans to make this upgrade permanent.
“We installed, commissioned, tested – and then removed – a 400 Gigabit link from Sydney to Canberra and it worked,” chief technical officer Phil Martel told an event in Sydney this morning.
“We didn’t put it on a test fibre, we didn’t put it in a lab. We actually put it on a network that was live and carrying traffic.”
The trial used an Alcatel-Lucent 1830 photonics service switch, which includes a chip capable of carrying up to 400Gbps of traffic. It is the first such technology trial for the vendor in Asia Pacific.
Martel said total lit capacity on the Sydney-Canberra route exceeded 1Tbps during the trial.
However, Martel has no immediate plans to permanently upgrade intercapital link capacities to 400Gbps.
“The test was to show that the [Nextgen intercapital] network is 400Gbps ready,” he said. “We think at the moment 100Gbps is the absolute sweet spot technology.
“I think the second or third generation of 400Gbps [equipment] will be about where we’ll end up to get to that configuration.”
Read the full story over at itnews.com.au, and then dream of a future where out Internet is awesome (“shush” to those of you who already have NBN).
If none of this makes sense to you, then this will more or less explain everything.