Alcatel-Lucent upgrades Sky optical transmission network to 100G speeds

By Telecom Lead Team: Wireless equipment
major Alcatel-Lucent and BSkyB (Sky), a home entertainment and telecom company
in the U.K., have deployed 100G high-speed optical transmission network. The
new network is expected to assist Sky to meet the increasing demand for
cost-efficient broadband and video services.

Alcatel-Lucent has provided Sky with its
100G optical coherent technology, which takes advantage of Bell Labs silicon
innovations to support data speeds of 100 gigabits-per-second on each of the 88
wavelengths of an optical fiber.

“Millions of Sky customers use our
broadband network to enjoy video and other high bandwidth services. Part of the
reason we have been the UK’s fastest growing ISP since our launch in 2006 is
that we offer a high-quality, good value and reliable service that’s genuinely
unlimited and is free from any form of traffic management,” said Mohamed
Hammady, director of Sky Network Services.

Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G solution is designed
to address operators’ need to deliver more and more bandwidth while keeping
costs in check. Because it can be deployed on its existing optical
infrastructure, Sky is able to support 100G capacity through a relatively
simple, quick and cost effective in-service network upgrade.

Sky has put the 100G services into
operation in its fiber-optic backbone network, which is supported by dense wavelength
division multiplexing (DWDM) optical technology. Alcatel-Lucent’s 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

“High-definition video and other
broadband services are driving up the volume of data being transported on
networks today. This trend is driving us to continuously introduce new
innovations into our portfolio, while ensuring that our customers can continue
to benefit from the investments they have already made,” said Lucy Dimes,
CEO UK & Ireland at Alcatel-Lucent.

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