Alcatel-Lucent launches single-carrier 100G / 200G DWDM optical line card

Telecom network vendor Alcatel-Lucent on Wednesday announced the launch of its single-carrier 100G / 200G DWDM optical line card.

Telecom operators will be able to more than double the bandwidth capacity of their networks. In fact, 20 service provider networks have deployed Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G / 200G single carrier line card.

The company did not name these telecom operators.

The card will plug in to Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform to offer telecom service providers a flexible network evolution path and meet demands for high-bandwidth services such as streaming HD video and cloud computing.

A Bell Labs study released in December 2013 said that demand for real-time video content streamed from the cloud to mobile smart devices will increase by 720 percent between 2012 and 2017.

Traffic generated from datacenter connectivity will also increase by 440 percent in the same period.

Using the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G / 200G- line card allows telecom service providers to support meet today’s bandwidth demands and seamlessly grow capacity when needed without additional investment.

Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing & Transport business line, said: “It’s backward compatible allowing existing customers to easily deploy extra speed and capacity in their networks whenever and wherever they need it.”

Alcatel-Lucent single-carrier 200G DWDM optical line card

Main features

Alcatel-Lucent said its 100G / 200G single-carrier optical transport line card allows operators to transmit data over distances as great as 4,000 km in 100G mode and as far as 1,000 km in 200G mode.

The 200G solution initially allows for the doubling of fiber capacity from 8.8 Tbps (88 x 100G) to 17.6 Tbps (88 x 200G). Alcatel-Lucent’s flexible grid feature delivers a total system capacity of 24 Tbps.  The solution is backward compatible with previous generations of Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G DWDM solution.

It uses the 200G-ready 1830 PSS and the 400G Photonic Service Engine (400G PSE), thereby laying the foundations for a smooth evolution to 400G capacity and speeds in the future.

Ron Kline, principal analyst, Intelligent Networks, Ovum said: “200G provides a very compelling case for operators looking to lower total cost of ownership. The technology provides twice the bandwidth in the same footprint without increasing power requirements, a great option for operators.”

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