Alca-Lu announces new metro WDM switch

Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new metro wavelength division multiplexing platform with the catchy marketing slogan that it offers "Zero-Touch Photonics," which refers to its automated provisioning capabilities. The new 1830 Photonic Service Switch 32 integrates tunable, reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer and wavelength tracking capabilities that previously had been in separate platforms.

Network equipment manufacturers have been in a mode of integrating platform capabilities where possible to try to gain an edge with carrier clients. Alcatel-Lucent, trying to come back from several tough quarters, certainly could use an edge.

The Zero-Touch Photonics aspect means that carriers use the switch provision and manage WDM ROADM networks without the truck rolls increase in operational expenses. The vendor says it already has a Tier 1 customer that it did not identify.

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