Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Portugal Telecom Tests 100 Gbps with Alcatel-Lucent

Portugal Telecom has tested a 100 Gbps connection, between Lisbon and Oporto, demonstrating end-to-end optical/IP 100G connectivity across an existing active DWDM link covering over 400 km.

The tests used optical transmission and switching and routing IP/MPLS equipment from Alcatel-Lucent, including its 1626 Light Manager enhanced with 100G next-generation coherent technology and the Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router, equipped with 100GE cards for IP/MPLS routing and services.

Portugal Telecom recently reaffirmed its commitment to invest in its Optical Fiber network to the customer home with the objective of covering another 600,000 houses in addition to the over one million homes already serviced by the network. Once complete, PT's fiber network will reach over 50% of homes in Portugal.

"The upgrading of service provider networks to 100G will be a major focus and business area for several years to come and these speeds will become the new currency of IP and optical networks," said Adolfo Hernandez, president of Alcatel-Lucent's activities in EMEA. "This demonstration brings to light the years of investment PT has made on future proof optical and IP infrastructure which is compatible with today's 100G technology. In seizing today's opportunity with PT, Alcatel-Lucent shows it is in a unique and enviable position bringing together the most tightly integrated, broadest range of high speed solutions across optics and IP in the industry."http://www.alcatel-lucent.com

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