GBI Deploys Infinera’s ICE6 800G Optical Engine for World Cup

Infinera announced that Gulf Bridge International (GBI) deployed Infinera’s ICE6 800G optical engine across its submarine and terrestrial networks between the Middle East and Europe to increase capacity for the World Cup. The upgrade doubles GBI’s network capacity and provides connections of up to 800G per wavelength.

GBI was able to integrate this technology over its existing third-party optical line system by leveraging open optical networking principles. The integration enables GBI to provide high-speed streaming of the World Cup and offer 400 GbE services to its customers.

Infinera’s ICE6-powered GX Series solution delivers the ultra-high capacity needed to meet increasing bandwidth demand to ensure that GBI’s customers enjoy a high-quality, uninterrupted game-day experience during the world’s largest football competition and beyond.

With Infinera’s optical engine, GBI can minimize the cost per bit of its submarine and terrestrial networks while maximizing spectral efficiency and fiber capacity. This is achieved through unique features that include Nyquist subcarriers, forward error correction gain sharing, and photonic integrated circuit-based technology.

“Upgrading our networks with Infinera’s ICE6 solution was easy and seamless, allowing us to leverage our existing optical transport architecture while upgrading our network to meet today’s demand,” said Gavin Rea, chief technical officer at GBI. “With the World Cup, it was critical for us to ensure our network had the terabits of capacity needed to give our customers reliable, high-speed service to deliver the best viewing experience. That’s exactly what we’ll be offering our customers across Europe and the Middle East this week thanks to Infinera.”

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