We demonstrate the first 7-core multicore erbium-doped fiber amplified (MC-EDFA) transmission of 40 x 128-Gbit/s PDM-QPSK signals over 6,160-km 7-core multicore fiber (MCF). The crosstalk (XT) from all of the other 6 cores of a MC-EDFA and a 55-km length MCF are about −46.5 dB and −45.6 dB at center core, respectively. The core-to-core rotation approach at every amplified span is used to average the XT of all cores. The averaged optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) after 6,160-km transmission is 15.6 dB with 0.1 nm resolution bandwidth. The Q-factor of all 40 channels surpasses the threshold of the forward-error-correction of 6.4 dB with 1 dB margin after 6,160 km. The total net capacity is 28.8 Tbit/s per fiber and achieved capacity-distance product is 177 Pbit/s.km per fiber. We confirmed the feasibility of MC-EDFA repeatered systems for trans-oceanic transmission.
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