Italy's Fastweb employs NSN for its 100G network

Italian competitive service provider Fastweb is the latest European carrier planning to build a 100G per channel optical network.

The network, which will provide a connection between Milan and Rome, will leverage Nokia Siemens Networks' (NSN) 100G technology.

Upon completion, the network will be able to simultaneously transmit up to 40 wavelengths, each carrying 100G, allowing for 4 Tbps of total data transfer speed.

Set to go operational in Q4 2011, NSN will provide its hiT 7300 optical network platform and its network management system for network planning. In addition to network hardware and software, the vendor will deliver various customer care services, including hardware and software maintenance as well as competence development.

Of course, like any upgrade, the rollout of 100G has the potential to disrupt the existing network. NSN is being sensitive to that by integrating its DWDM equipment into the service provider's existing network infrastructure.

FASTWEB'S move gives NSN a point in its 100G scorecard and is representative of a flurry of new deployments being made by a number of U.S. and European service providers, including Internet2, Eurotranstelecom (ETT), P&T Luxembourg and Verizon (NYSE: VZ).

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