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Boosting Broadband Capacity with TeraFlex

Reliance on the internet and the use of cloud-based services are only increasing. Staying on top of the pressing need for more network capacity and flexibility will always keep us vigilant for technologies that are both efficient and effective. Building out broadband infrastructure and managing network operations are significant long-term endeavors. NoaNet is helping its partners fortify their network investments by using new technologies that add value and performance, and TeraFlex™ does just that.

The TeraFlex terminal is a name given by Adva Optical networking to its FSP-3000C product line designed to support 400Gbps and higher transport.  NoaNet is currently installing equipment that allows for the use of 100 Gbps to 800Gbps channels on the backbone with 100Gbps and 400Gbps handoffs to customers. This allows them, by design, to respond to changing business demands in real-time while retaining simplicity and meeting evolving density and power requirements.

By using 400Gbps backbone channels, it allows NoaNet to put more traffic in the same amount of available spectrum on the fiber.  Where it once required multiple channels in a space to get 300Gbps, we can now get 800Gbps using the same fiber cable via TeraFlex. Current upgrades and testing are underway through the end of 2021 within NoaNet’s network at the 200Gbps level, to be followed by early 2022 testing of 400Gbps channels. As capacity requires and budget allows, planned upgrades of the entire network will support this technology.

Delivering 400Gbps customer interfaces and increasing higher total capacity on the backbone of the network with TeraFlex add significant value to already-in-place broadband infrastructure. We see a win-win for municipal, long-haul, and data center network operators looking for elegant solutions with big impacts, especially as the world scales up its use of the Internet and cloud-based services.

To date, no other public benefit network is running at the capacity of NoaNet, and we’re always looking for ways our partners can get more for their investment. Why sit on the sidelines when advancements such as TeraFlex can boost the capacity and extend the reach of any infrastructure, and do it with the lowest cost per bit for any network available? The time to embrace innovation is now.

Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) is a not-for-profit wholesale telecommunications mutual corporation that has been serving Washington State since 2000. As a mission-driven organization, NoaNet focuses on bringing world-class telecommunications technology to hard-to-reach communities which lack access to high-speed affordable broadband services.