TIM Brasil and Xtera Deploy the First 100G Optical Network in the Amazon Region

TIM Brasil has deployed 100G optical networking equipment supplied by Xtera Communications on a long-haul transmission infrastructure.

This newly built infrastructure connects three Amazon states in the northern part of Brazil by their capitals: Manaus, Macapá and Belém.

Xtera’s Nu-Wave OptimaTM 100G optical networking platform offers both the high capacity and long-span capabilities that help TIM Brasil expand reach and increase the capacity of transmission network through the Amazon Region in Brazil.

This new optical backbone network was built using the tower transmission lines and power substations of the LT Amazon consortium to transport the TIM Brasil cables across 27 cities in the states of Amazonas, Pará and Amapá. Given the challenging geography of this network environment, the lengths of 5 out of the 14 spans that make up this infrastructure exceed 200 km between sites where active optical equipment is positioned. The longest of these spans reaches nearly 260 km.

"The construction of the first 100G backbone in the Amazon is an innovative and challenging project, connecting one of the most important cities in the Amazon region – Manaus – that will host 2014 FIFA World Cup. This project will bring many benefits to the regional population and reinforces the commitment of TIM for expanding and improving its network throughout Brazil," says Cicero Olivieri, Director of Fixed & Transport Network of TIM Brazil.

Xtera’s Nu-Wave Optima platform is a unique modular optical transport system designed to lower the total cost of ownership by using a common, integrated set of modules for long-haul, unrepeatered and regional repeatered submarine applications. The platform offers unparalleled 100G WDM performance in real network conditions based on the combination of the industry’s most powerful 100G technology and unique line equipment to face different span configurations.

For terrestrial backbone networks, the Nu-Wave Optima equipment delivers an unrivalled line capacity of 15 Tbit/s on more than 3,000 km with no intermediate regeneration. For unrepeatered applications, a capacity of 8 x 100G was recently transmitted over a 481 km cable.


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