Zayo has put an 800G route into production between New York and New Jersey, the company said in a blog post.
The news delivers on plans that the service provider announced last month as part of a broader announcement about plans for 31 routes supporting 400G connectivity across North America and Europe.
“Zayo’s map of 126,000 miles of network routes across North America and Europe is carefully plotted to provide critical connections to thousands of data centers, cloud providers, [and] commercial and entertainment centers in more than 400 markets,” said Aaron Werley, vice president of technology for Lit Networks for Zayo, in the blog post.
Zayo expects the 800G offering to be used by content providers, hyperscalers, carriers and data centers.
Customers will be able to save costs due to reduced space and power footprint requirements in data centers, Werley said.
Zayo is using a reconfigurable line system from Ciena to support the 800G offering, the blog post notes.
According to Werley, the offering features two 400G client-side connections per 800G wavelength.
Another carrier that has begun plans for 800G is Verizon.
Last year, Verizon completed a successful trial that achieved a data speed of 800 Gbps over a distance exceeding 400 miles over a single strand of fiber. That equipment was designed to deliver the best speed possible over a given fiber span.
France’s GEANT research and education network also has used Infinera in 800G speed trials that were announced earlier this month.
Updated section about Verizon’s trial last year