Alcatel-Lucent announces innovations in 100G products

Alcatel-Lucent announced innovations in single-carrier
coherent technology to extend optical signals.

This latest addition to the company’s portfolio is
designed to enhance the ability of service providers to address exploding
demand for high-bandwidth services like video and fixed and mobile broadband.

Alcatel-Lucent will offer a new premium card, the 100G
eXtended Reach (XR), which employs techniques developed at Bell Labs to monitor
and maintain the quality of optical signals. The 100G XR card will be the first
solution on the market capable of substantially extending the range,
performance and capacity of 100G optical networks, while cutting building and
operating costs.

This premium card will be offered on the Alcatel-Lucent
1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), the centre piece of the company’s optical
transport portfolio. The Alcatel-Lucent 100G XR marks a substantial improvement
for service providers with specific distance and capacity requirements.

They can transmit a combination of 10G, 40G and 100G
rates on different wavelengths of an optical fiber for up to 2000 kilometers
and beyond, providing up to 30 percent increase in reach. Alcatel-Lucent’s
solution offers exceptional performance over poor quality fiber giving service
providers the ability to deploy 100G at a substantial cost savings.

“We at Nextgen Networks have deployed the 1830 PSS
platform on the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Backhaul Blackspots Program,
and were the first to successfully demonstrate 100G coherent optical DWDM &
IP in Asia on the Broken Hill link. The ability to deploy 10/40/100G on the
same platform is of uppermost importance to us as it will keep our network
flexible,” said Michael Ackland, Strategic Development Manager of Nextgen

Delivering enormous bandwidth supporting 100G rates on
each wavelength on an optical fiber, the 1830 PSS can support the transfer of
over 100,000 MP3 files in 60 seconds or to stream 15,000 HDTV channels

To meet growing demand for such services and
applications, operators need to be able to continually increase bandwidth,
while maintaining exceptional transmission quality and keeping costs in check.
A key part of Alcatel-Lucent’s answer to this challenge is allowing its
customers to deploy far fewer complex components in their network by reducing
the need for regeneration, which is a costly method currently used to extend
the reach of optical communications links. Reducing this need offers very
substantial cost savings and further decreases the cost to deliver a bit of

“We are encouraging the acceleration of 100G by
alleviating the distance and underlying fiber barriers and allowing any service
provider in the world to deploy 100G precisely where they need it, with no
trade off in capacity,” said James Watt, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s

Optics Division.

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