Alcatel-Lucent extends the reach of its 100G optical network offering
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), in a move to illustrate their 100G optical networking offering can span wide distances, the has introduced a new single-carrier coherent technologies that extend signals further.
Offered as an extension on its existing 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), the 100G eXtended Reach (XR) employs techniques developed at Bell Labs to monitor and maintain the quality of optical signals.
Commercially available by the end of the year, the 100G XR can transmit a combination of 10G, 40G and 100G rates on different wavelengths of an optical fiber for up to 2000 km and beyond, which it claims provides a 30 percent increase in reach.
As a single-carrier coherent system, Alcatel-Lucent said the card uses a single carrier wavelength to transmit data down a fiber, resulting in higher bandwidth. One of the key points of the single carrier coherent system is the advent of its electro-optics engine, which features its own developed silicon chipset and signal processing algorithms based on Bell Labs research.
Already customers are tuning into this new element with Australia's Nextgen Networks announcing as one of the first customers.
With the 100G race heating up, Alcatel-Lucent, a vendor that has won a number of sizeable 100G optical deals in the past year, needs to continue illustrating how it can differentiate its offering from other aggressive competitors like Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN).
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