Windstream Wholesale Completes 400G ZR+ Interoperability Trials

Windstream Wholesale Completes 400G ZR+ Interoperability Trials

Windstream Wholesale has successfully tested the interoperability of ZR+ plug-in modules using open standards.

OpenZR+ combines a focus on Ethernet traffic, higher performance, and multi-vendor interoperability to provide network operators with operationally efficient solutions.

The tests established 400 GB links in a production environment over a 1027 km link using standard oFEC algorithms in the tests.

“These successful trials demonstrate that Windstream Wholesale continues to lead in optical technology by making 400G wavelengths the default deployment for large wholesale and hyperscale customers,” said Buddy Bayer, president of the company and wholesale at Windstream.

“Interoperability is key to simplifying high-performance networks in a cost-effective and energy-efficient way, and no other service provider has done more than Windstream to make it a reality in the market.

“This significant achievement validates Windstream’s strategy of open and disaggregated optical networking.”

Windstream also announced that it has become the first service provider member of the OpenZR+ Multi-Source Agreement (MSA).

Art Nichols, vice president of network architecture and technology at Windstream, says the community is well positioned to advance standardization and interoperability in high performance transceivers.

“Our goal is not just to leverage our interoperability and optimization learnings internally, but also to contribute to the industry as a whole by advancing open networks,” he said. added.

Along with its interoperability trials, Windstream has also been connecting data centers lately, announcing in February that it would connect its ICON network to the Aubix LLC data center near Auburn University.

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