FX Networks (FXN) has completed the first part of its roll-out of new technology for its national network. The Auckland to Hamilton link went live earlier this month.
The network provider has selected the Infinera DTN-X platform, which features 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) long-haul super channels. The new network infrastructure will deliver 10, 40 and 100Gb Ethernet services.
FXN partnered with REANNZ (New Zealand's Research and Education Network) to build the multi-terabit countrywide network. The arrangement includes joint investment and fibre sharing between the two entities to increase the capacity and footprint of the network. The new infrastructure will provide a multi-terabit network to offer scientists across New Zealand the opportunity to participate in the world's most data intensive experiments.
The Infinera platform will have future scalability to 1Tb/s. FXN will operate the network under the agreement with REANNZ.
"We are seeing burgeoning demand for high-speed data services in New Zealand, impacted by the growing trend towards the use of cloud-based services and an insatiable demand for content from customers of the ISP's that rely on our backhaul services," says FXN CEO David Heald. "We expect this to continue and accelerate with the ongoing deployment of Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) access services throughout most of New Zealand.
“The deployment of Infinera's DTN-X platform is a crucial part of our strategy to provide uncontended, reliable, cost-effective data services between New Zealand's UFB Points of Interconnect, which are becoming the key locations for data aggregation in New Zealand.
"The partnership with FX Networks to deploy this massive optical network across New Zealand is a significant change for this country," says Steve Cotter, CEO of REANNZ. "With the Infinera super-channels we will be able to offer up to 100GbE services, providing our scientific community with the fastest network technology available today, putting them on a level playing field with the rest of the world.
"The Intelligent Transport Network offers differentiated services while reducing operating costs through scale, multi-layer convergence and automation, enabling high-capacity services to be delivered quickly throughout the country,” says Andrew Bond Webster, APAC VP sales for Infinera.
FXN expects to have all of the North Island covered by mid December. Provisioning for clients will begin on January 1.
In the South Island, existing channel capacity will be upgraded by a factor of five.