Alcatel-Lucent debuts single-wavelength 200G line card

Created October 14, 2014
Applications and Research

Alcatel-Lucent says its new single-carrier 100G/200G DWDM optical line card has already been deployed in more than 20 service provider networks.  The single-wavelength capability is an industry first at these data rates, the vendor claims.

The card plugs in to Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) platform to give service providers a way to double the bandwidth capacity in their networks.  When 200G is enabled, the line card increases system capacity from 8.8 Tbps (88 x 100G) to 17.6 Tbps (88 x 200G). When combined with Alcatel-Lucent’s flexible grid feature, the total system capacity can reach 24 Tbps.

The new line card can transmit data over distances up to 4,000 km in 100G mode and as far as 1,000 km in 200G mode.

Ron Kline, principal analyst, intelligent networks, Ovum said, “200G provides a very compelling case for operators looking to lower total cost of ownership. The technology provides twice the bandwidth in the same footprint without increasing power requirements, a great option for operators.”

“We were the first to innovate with a single-carrier 100G solution and we are now the first to offer 200G,” claimed Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP routing and transport business line. “This is the most flexible solution on the market – it is backward compatible allowing existing customers to easily deploy extra speed and capacity in their networks whenever and wherever they need it. This removes the inefficiency of having to predict future demand and purchase extra capacity, when upgrading networks, when it may not be needed or used for some time.”

The new line card is based on the 200G-ready 1830 PSS and the 400G Photonic Service Engine (PSE), thereby laying the foundations for a smooth evolution to 400G in future, the vendor adds.

By Pauline Rigby

See also:

Press release: Alcatel-Lucent to double capacity of today’s data transport networks by being first to deliver a single-carrier 200G DWDM optical line card


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by Pauline Rigby