Offering four times the speed, Alcatel-Lucent unveils new chip for fiber optic networks

Telecom Lead India: Alcatel-Lucent has launched
the Photonic Service Engine (PSE), a new chip for fiber optic networks
that offers double the capacity, and four times the speed of today’s networks.


The Alcatel-Lucent Photonic Service Engine supports 400G
data transmission speeds on optical networks. The new chip is built on
innovations from Bell Labs.


The new chip for fiber optic networks will assist telecom
operators to address new challenges from the growth of broadband, mobile data
and cloud-based services.


Service providers are looking at reducing costs while
significantly expanding the capacity of their networks. The Photonic Service
Engine will bring substantial improvements to 100G coherent optical networks,
which are being deployed by operators today. The PSE also lays the foundation
for the smooth migration to 400G networks in future.


Speed is a factor for all service providers today: the
speed of the network and the speed with which new services can be brought to
market. With millions of people looking to us to access the full range of
online content, we see Alcatel-Lucent’s 400G innovation as the gateway to a
long, successful future,” said Keiichi Makizono, corporate officer, deputy unit
head, Technology Unit & Division Head, Network Division, SOFTBANK TELECOM
in Japan.


The 400G PSE chip can be deployed in a broad range of
network configurations – from metro to regional to ultra-long haul – and
transmit wavelengths over existing or new photonic lines. It is designed
specifically for use in a family of line cards in the industry-leading
Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), used today in over 120
networks around the world.


It enables more than 23 Terabits of traffic to be
transmitted along a single optical fiber and further enhances performance by
more than 50 percent, while reducing power consumed per gigabit by a third. The
PSE is highly configurable, giving operators enormous flexibility to adjust the
appropriate optical parameters to produce the best performance for varying
conditions in the field.


From the start we correctly identified the challenges
presented by 100G transport, applied the correct technology solution and
commercialized it, a decision supported by the deployment of our solution with
more than 55 customers worldwide,” said James Watt, president of
Alcatel-Lucent’s Optics Division.


Alcatel-Lucent unveils 100G eXtended Reach card to enhance
optical network performance


Alcatel-Lucent introduced 100G eXtended Reach card, a
single-carrier coherent technology, to extend 100G optical networking signals
for long distances.


The 100G eXtended Reach (XR) employs techniques developed
at Bell Labs to monitor and maintain the quality of optical signals. This
enhanced ability of communications enables service providers to address
exploding demand for high-bandwidth services.


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