Alcatel-Lucent powers T-Mobile for Europe’s first 100G speed in a commercial network

T-Mobile Czech Republic and Alcatel-Lucent announced that they have jointly crossed
another threshold during the roll-out of fibre-optic networks in the Czech



Select portions of T-Mobile’s fibre-optic backbone network can now support transmission
speeds of 100G (gigabits per second).



The operator is the first company in the Czech Republic that is prepared to provide
individual services connecting data centres and international transit traffic
at such a speed.



T-Mobile’s new infrastructure is intended for use by corporate clients, and will serve as
the backbone for T-Mobile’s 3G network, supporting T-Mobile’s broadband vision
of providing The Fastest Network” to its customers.



Development of fibre-optic communications has always been one of T-Mobile’s priorities. Our
fibre-optic backbone network now covers communication between more than 60 of
the largest cities and towns in the Czech Republic,” says Frank Meywerk, technology
director at T-Mobile Czech Republic.



In view of the trend of continuously growing transmitted data volumes, 100G
technologies are crucial for satisfying the needs of our customers and also
have the potential to reduce the costs of our network operation,” Meywerk



T-Mobile has put the 100G services into operation in its fibre-optic backbone network
between Prague and several other big cities. The network is supported by dense
wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology provided by
Alcatel-Lucent, which is equipped with the latest generation of fibre-optic
elements developed by Bell Labs and is capable of transmitting the 100 G
service on these 600 km routes without the need of optical signal regeneration.



Alcatel-Lucent  1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G next-generation
coherent technology through the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) is a step
towards a fully optical network, bringing improved network performance and
reducing the costs of network operation.



With the purchase of technology from Alcatel-Lucent, T-Mobile has confirmed its
long-term strategy to be an important integrated operator. The operator is
fulfilling this objective through significant investments in its own
infrastructure and introduction of technological innovations.



T-Mobile’s 3G network is the only network in the Czech Republic using the HSPA+
technology, which allows data transmissions at speeds of up to 21 Mbps.



New types of cloud services and particularly high-definition video are leading to a
35 percent year-on-year increase of transmitted data volumes. This trend is
forcing us to continuously develop technological innovations, one of which is
undoubtedly the 100G. Thanks to deployment T-Mobile Czech Republic is now prepared
to respond to the new trends and is able to transmit traffic at speeds of
nearly 10 Tbps, which, to give you an idea, represents 300 standard DVD movies
per second,” said David Grundel, managing director of Alcatel-Lucent Czech.



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