TransAtlantic 40 Gig Waves

Rod Beck Rod.Beck at
Mon Aug 17 11:14:22 CDT 2009

Rod, do you know if the 40G waves increased the spectrum efficiency of 
your fiber? On land systems they pretty much break even, i.e. you can 
have a 100GHz 40G channels or 4x25GHz 10G channels but at the end of the 
day you still get the same amount of signal out of the fiber. I don't 
know whats being done on undersea cables though. Eventually this will 
get better too, and 40G will become the "native" wavelength standard 
with 10G being muxed onto them, similar to what we saw with the 
transition from 2.5G->10G 10 years ago.

Richard A Steenbergen <ras at>
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This is direct from engineering:

The number of wavelengths or channels Hibernia have on their DWDM infrastructure remains the same, however now each wave can be at a rate of 40Gb/s instead of only 10Gb/s.

 In the extreme case, we get 4 times the capacity, but in reality, because of the existing installed 10G's, we would not necessarily swap out all existing cards. We could say the overall increase in capacity is "up-to" 4 times.

The enabling technology is based on advanced encoding techniques allowing a greater rate of symbol transfer." 

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