May 31, 2015
ALCATEL-LUCENT UNVEILS MAJOR TRANSFORMATION FOR UNDERSEA CABLE SYSTEMS
Alcatel-Lucent’s submarine cables subsidiary, ASN, has this month announced an industry-first technology platform for operators of subsea cable systems while also achieving a speed breakthrough for data transmissions.
As cable operators strive to meet increased demand for capacity, connectivity and flexible data delivery, Alcatel-Lucent has launched the 1620 SOFTNODE , an industry-first platform that will enable the transmission of 240 terabit-per second (Tbit/s) on multiple fiber pairs. This will allow operators to open up new data services while extending their reach and creating long-haul economies of scale.
Providing full scalability - from the smallest upgrades to the largest new systems - and enabling web scale connectivity, the 1620 SOFTNODE platform is already gaining customer traction: GoTo Networks has selected it for the Australia West Express system, the first direct undersea cable between Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The platform’s capabilities were also demonstrated during a recent field trial conducted over the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) system, which has been in service since December 2012. The field trial demonstrated a breakthrough transmission of 12.6 Tbit/s of data per fiber pair.
ASN has also achieved a key breakthrough for data transmission, covering a distance of more than 610km for transmission via unrepeatered systems using the same fiber for both signal and amplifier transmission. By freeing up individual fibers normally combined in a cable system, the breakthrough will lead to significant improvements to cable system efficiency, creating benefits for operators in terms of total cost of network ownership.
THE LATEST INNOVATIONS FROM ALCATEL-LUCENT
Alcatel-Lucent and Korea’s KT have signed a collaboration agreement to work together to deliver 5G mobile networks of the future. The agreement details a collaborative effort to test technologies for the eventual introduction of 5G mobile networks and infrastructure to meet future demands. This will allow KT to meet the massive connectivity demands of the Internet of Things (IoT) – delivering a personalized experience as more people, devices and machines are connected. As thought leaders in this space, both Alcatel-Lucent and KT see the collaboration as a way to combine efforts to accelerate 5G technology adoption in the industry.
The collaboration will initially focus on Alcatel-Lucent’s virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) technology and architectures. The program includes the development and testing of mobile ultra-broadband access, network functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) technologies for 5G network architectures as well as the driving of interworking and 3GPP standardization activities.
Alcatel-Lucent and T-Mobile Czech Republic have successfully completed a trial of 400 gigabits-per-second data transmission over an existing network in the Czech Republic, paving the way for new high-speed ultra-broadband services.
T-Mobile Czech Republic is rolling out mobile broadband services across the country and expects 97% of the local population to be covered by 3G and LTE networks, by the end of this year. The trial – over a distance of 320km – aimed to demonstrate the ability of T-Mobile’s existing network to meet increasing consumer demand for data capacity as well as provide even higher capacity enterprise and wholesale services in future.
Alcatel-Lucent has announced a major addition to its portfolio that, for the first time in the industry, brings software-defined networking to IP and optical networks.
Alcatel-Lucent’s Network Services Platform software product is the first ‘Carrier SDN’ platform to bring together service automation with network optimization, and to do so across a broad multi-vendor IP/optical infrastructure. As the industry’s only unified approach, the Network Services Platform empowers operators to deliver on-demand network services quickly, profitably and at great scale.
The Network Services Platform enables the application of Carrier SDN, enabling the provision of services in seconds, cutting development time and costs by over 50%, and increasing revenue-generating traffic.
By accelerating SDN over wide area networks, the gap with cloud infrastructure is closing, making the IP/optical network just as agile and efficient as the cloud. Network operators gain a competitive advantage by making it easier for their customers to buy and use network services that are delivered on-demand – faster and with greater efficiency than ever before.
Nuage Networks announcements at the OpenStack conference
Nuage Networks – Alcatel-Lucent’s Software Defined Networking venture - has begun to tackle a number of key barriers of entry to true cloud and SDN adoption on the software side. It is now moving on to a current industry challenge – ensuring the many elements – both hardware and software – and various network functions work together seamlessly. Even though things are ‘open’ enterprises are looking to stitch together complete solutions – not necessarily with one vendor – but in knowing the key vendors they want and are working with already can interoperate together. Nuage is addressing this head on – and leading the charge -- through its newly expanded ecosystem program. Alcatel-Lucent has also announced that it is working with Mirantis a major implementer of OpenStack, the open-sourced cloud operating system.
The Nuage Networks ecosystem program includes a variety of partners, hardware (Arista- announcement on May 19), software including OpenStack (Red Hat, Mirantis), systems integration partners (Accenture), developers and specialty solution providers like security (Palo Alto networks, Infoblox) and load balancing (f5).
NEWS IN BRIEF
Alcatel-Lucent launches solution to accelerate the transformation of service providers’ legacy telephone networks to IP ultra-broadband (press release)
[Frost & Sullivan Press Release] Frost & Sullivan Applauds Alcatel-Lucent’s Strong Growth, Led by its Vision for Small Cells Infrastructure (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent and T-Mobile Czech Republic complete 400G network trial (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent provides advanced fiber-optic technology for China railway authorities to harness speed of light in train operations (press release)
European Telecoms Could Realize €39 Billion by Re-Imagining the Network (press release)
[BT press release] BT to trial ‘ultrafast’ broadband in the Swansea area (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent and Korea’s KT sign collaboration agreement to deliver 5G mobile networks of the future (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent Becomes Preferred Vendor for SiFi Networks’ FiberCities (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent to provide KPN with Rapport™ communications software for mobile and fixed networks for any device (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent enables Windstream to launch its next-generation TV service Kinetic in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA (press release)
Alcatel-Lucent and Trilliant deploy IP utility network to strengthen safety and improve responsiveness for Washington Gas (press release)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ALCATEL-LUCENT CORPORATE BLOG
Excuse me, is that a zettabyte in your data center? Chris Janson, Optical Product Marketing Manager at Alcatel-Lucent, discusses how use of optical networking technology to connect massive data centers is attracting serious attention from service providers and equipment vendors.
Raising the bar in Customer Experience Management –Andy Fruhling, Head of Alcatel-Lucent’s new Customer & Operations Business Unit, reviews the outcomes of a recent event in Hungary focused on raising the bar on customer experience and discussing best practices.
Telecoms ID: driving freedom of expression and privacy rights in telecoms - Christine Diamente, Alcatel-Lucent’s head of Brand and Sustainability, gives her impressions on the Telecommunications Industry Dialogue’s quarterly meeting to address freedom of expression and privacy rights in the telecommunications sector in the context of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Ultra-broadband access gives New Zealand a competitive edge –Sean O’Halloran, President and Managing-Director, ANZ & Pacific Islands at Alcatel-Lucent explains New Zealand’s vision for a smart society, an economy based on ultra-broadband that thrives in its unique geographic isolation by exploiting the best possible technologies to develop new services and opportunities.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR TECHNOLOGY BLOG, TECHZINE
Solve VoLTE-related policy and charging issues –Product marketing manager Steffen Paulus discusses the unique challenges for service providers as they introduce and operate VoLTE related to policy control, charging, and diameter signaling control.
Mobile network security for 4G/LTE and Wi-Fi –product marketing managers David Nowoswiat and Solution Architect Pierre-André Foriel highlight how mobile network security is rapidly becoming a critical issue for operators as they transform their cellular networks to 4G/LTE while adding small cells and Wi-Fi® access to boost capacity and increase coverage.
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