Alcatel-Lucent to launch first 100G/200G line card

Wednesday 24 September 2014 | 14:32 CET | News

Alcatel-Lucent has unveiled a single-carrier 100G / 200G DWDM optical line card, an industry first. The company said the technology, which has already been deployed in 20 pre-selected service provider networks, will allow operators to more than double their bandwidth capacity. The card is designed to plug into the company’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform to offer service providers a flexible network evolution path and meet demands for high-bandwidth services such as streaming HD video and cloud computing without additional investment.

Alcatel-Lucent said the line card opens up the possibility of transmitting data over distances as great as 4,000 km in 100G mode and as far as 1,000 km in 200G mode. The 200G mode initially allows for the doubling of fibre capacity from 8.8 Tbps (88 x 100G) to 17.6 Tbps (88 x 200G). The flexible grid feature delivers a total system capacity of 24 Tbps. In addition, the platform uses the 200G-ready 1830 PSS and the 400G Photonic Service Engine (400G PSE), thereby laying the foundations for a smooth evolution to 400G capacity and speeds in the future.

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