Monday, September 6, 2010

Australia's Nextgen Networks Tests 100G with Alcatel-Lucent

Nextgen Networks, which owns and operates Australia's third largest fibre network, has tested 100 Gbps over its backbone network in partnership with Alcatel-Lucent.

The demonstration leveraged Alcatel-Lucent's High Leverage Network (HLN) architecture and its Converged Backbone Transformation (CBT) solution to enable interaction between optical transport systems and IP service routers using 100G links. Core elements of the 100G solution demonstrated are the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), featuring 100G next-generation coherent technology, and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) with 100G Ethernet interfaces. Traffic aggregation was performed by the Alcatel-Lucent 1850 Transport Service Switch featuring T-MPLS/MPLS-TP capabilities and connected to the 1830 PSS.

"With this unique demonstration of Alcatel-Lucent's combined optical and IP 100G, we have better leveraged the network to seamlessly integrate different parts This is a key part of our ongoing program to create a converged optical/IP backbone that is more cost-effective to run and scale and is ten times faster than the links that are commonly used today," said Phil Sykes, managing director of Nextgen Networks.

The companies noted that demo follows a contract awarded earlier this year for the Australian Government's Regional Backbone Blackspots Programme (RBBP).http://

  • In December 2009, the Australian government signed an agreement with Nextgen Networks to construct the new broadband backbone infrastructure under the $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program. The investment represents the first building blocks of the National Broadband Network on mainland Australia.