Nortel develops 40G/100G transition gear

Nortel Networks has announced a 40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine for its Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 gear that it says will help smooth the network transition from 10 Gbps up to 40 Gbps and beyond to 100 Gbps. Nortel employing its own take on dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying technology, and allowing network characteristics such as channel spacing to be maintained as capacity is increased. That is something carriers desire as they prepare to begin this transition. Nortel said the AOE cards with 40 Gbps upgrade capability will be available by the end of next month, and the vendor added that 100 Gbps should be in trial by the end of this year. Nortel's announcement came just a day after reports that Verizon Business will introduce 100 Gbps in several markets by the first quarter of next year, so Nortel's move was either fortuitously, coincidentally scheduled or dynamically, intentionally scheduled to be in synch.

In other Nortel news, one analyst says the company would gain from "sharply resizing itself."

For more:
- check out this story about the AOE at Telephony
- see this Associated Press report on the analyst comment at The Houston Chronicle

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- Verizon Business is aiming for 100 Gbps next year