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Timing it right with Agile Optical Networking

August 21, 2013

Building Momentum


  • 6300+ units deployed
  • 120+ networks
  • 60+ countries

1830 PSS:

  • 290+ network deployments

  • Doubled shipments in last year

Timing is everything. In the last few months, Alcatel-Lucent’s optical business has been enjoying a surge in 100 gigabit-per-second (100G) wins. 400G trials are now well underway. The number of customers who have adopted the company’s Optical Transport Networking (OTN) switching has risen dramatically. And in the most recent quarter Alcatel-Lucent announced its WDM order book was 40% higher than a year ago.

So is it a coincidence that Alcatel-Lucent introduced its 100G coherent solution just as the technology was burgeoning? Or that it came to the market with Agile Optical Networking just as cloud was taking off? For a company focused on helping customers meet growing demands for data across their networks - it’s no coincidence, but a well thought out strategy.

Around the World

The reduction in costs, footprint and power provided by Alcatel-Lucent’s 100G has attracted many service providers already in 2013.

In Asia the company is deploying a new 100G network for Telekom Indonesia. This will serve customers in the Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Greater Jakarta areas, which generate around 50% of Telkom Indonesia’s data traffic. Alcatel-Lucent is significantly increasing network capacity and flexibility for Singapore’s Epsilon to meet the needs of 500 carriers globally. Most recently, in Australia, Nextgen Group has announced the successful deployment of the first phase of a network upgrade to support 100G wavelength services based on Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (1830 PSS). This phase alone covers more than 12,300km of its national long-haul optic fibre network.

In Europe Alcatel-Lucent has signed contracts with Wind Telecomunicazioni, Italy to provide a converged long-haul network for the transportation of fixed and mobile traffic. A new backbone network between Moscow and London will serve the financial and service provider customers of Russia’s Avelacom. Elsewhere in Moscow, Alcatel-Lucent is improving video capabilities to support safety monitoring in the city under a municipal program, while enhancing broadband services for customers of National Cable Networks.

In the Americas, Alcatel-Lucent is enhancing the intelligence, capacity and speed of transporting data across healthcare provider, UPMC's network. And in Argentina two high capacity transport networks will provide backbone connectivity across the country to enable services endorsed by the Argentinean government, for state-owned telecommunications provider ARSAT.

400G Takes Flight

As 100G deployments become more pervasive across the globe, some service providers are turning to even greater capacity 400G technology. And with trials of its 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE) underway, Alcatel-Lucent is helping customers get a head-start.

In June, Alcatel-Lucent and T-Systems of Germany led a team of companies to demonstrate how service providers and enterprises can utilize the capacity and reach of 400G today. They showed how use of 400G together with other commercially available products and solutions, can meet their growing cloud data service demands.

The trial used a 400G super channel with the 400G PSE, together with high-speed flash memory technology and a distributed high-performance file system. This allowed data-intensive project material to be efficiently, quickly and cost-effectively distributed and processed across geographic locations. The trial network ran between three datacenters in Dresden, Munich and Hamburg.

Trials and deployments of 400G have also been completed with FranceTelecom-Orange, Shaw Communications and Telefónica in 2013 and there are more underway. Alcatel-Lucent continues to develop greater improvements in capacity, speed and distance to ensure that our optics portfolio remains at the technological forefront. In February, Bell Labs announced the achievement of optical transmission rates of 1 terabit per second per-wavelength channel. And a research team led by Bell Labs' Xiang Liu published an article in Nature Photonics describing a way to send and receive information at 400Gbps across 12,800km of undersea optical fiber to transport data even farther and faster than currently possible in commercial networks.

Making Waves

Alcatel-Lucent is making waves with its optical portfolio. And rewards are sweeping in via contract wins and industry endorsements. Most recently the 1830 PSS won the coveted ‘Best Optical Transport Product - Beyond 100G’ at the 2nd Next Generation Optical Networking Awards in Monaco. A panel of industry analysts from Current Analysis, Ovum and Infonetics judged the award.

Basil Alwan, head of IP Routing & Transport (IPRT) Networks said: “The momentum for our Agile Optical Networking portfolio shows that we are bringing to market advanced solutions that customers need. We will continue to focus on innovation that drives capacity and speed while reducing costs and power consumption.”