ECI, CESNET live trial of 400G flex-grid blade in Czech Republic

ECI said it has announced the successful live trial of ECI´s Apollo 400G flex-grid blade on the Czech Educational and Scientific Network (CESNET).

The 400G flex-grid blade, which provides flexible data rates and modulation schemes, runs on any member of the Apollo line, even in a cage as small as 2U. The trial demonstrated the capabilities of ECI´s equipment in delivering new services over alien lambdas with great reliability, high speeds and bandwidth without the need for any modification.

CESNET develops and operates the national e-infrastructure, for science, research, development and education comprising communication network, data storages and computing facilities as main e-infrastructure components. The e-infrastructure connects the universities and research institutes in all of the major cities across the Czech Republic.

The tests were performed on ECI´s Apollo platform with 400G flex-grid blade together with CESNET´s Czech Light® Optical Amplifiers, to determine how optical networks can quickly evolve to meet future demands without the need for huge infrastructure investments.

ECI´s Apollo platform provides state-of-the-art, transparent and flexible DWDM transport with integrated packet services. Apollo combines high performance, low latency, OTN transport and switching, with software configurable optical routing, for maximum efficiency.

ECI is a global provider of ELASTIC network solutions to CSPs, utilities as well as data center operators. Along with its long-standing, industry-proven packet-optical transport, ECI offers a variety of SDN/NFV applications, end-to-end network management, a comprehensive cyber security solution, and a range of professional services.

The CESNET Association was founded by Czech universities and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in 1996. It is engaged in research and development in information and communication technologies and builds and develops the CESNET national e-infrastructure for research and education.