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Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom-Orange deploy 400Gbps optical solution
[February 08, 2013]

Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom-Orange deploy 400Gbps optical solution

Feb 08, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- France Telecom-Orange, a telecommunications operator, and Alcatel-Lucent, a provider of telecommunication equipment services, have announced the deployment of the optical link offering a capacity of 400 Gigabits per second, or Gbps, per wavelength in a live network.

Following a field trial, a 400 Gbps wavelength optical link is now operational between Paris and Lyon. This link was deployed within France Telecom-Orange's operational environment.

According to Alcatel-Lucent, the new optical link can transmit up to 17.6 Terabits per second (Tbps) of traffic in total.

Didier Duriez, Senior vice president International and Backbone Networks Factory at France Telecom-Orange, explains: "This breakthrough will considerably increase the capacity of our fibre optic network linking the two largest economic regions in France. By deploying a 400 Gbps link, France Telecom-Orange is continuing its investment in the development of super-fast infrastructure to support the emergence of new uses, such as multimedia content, social networking and the cloud, and to guarantee transmission quality while keeping costs down." Philippe Keryer, President of Networks & Platforms at Alcatel-Lucent said: "France Telecom-Orange's use of our commercially available 400 Gbps optical solution, based on our 400 Gbps Photonic Service Engine, supports the emergence of new high bandwidth, high performance business and residential services such as on-demand multimedia content, social networking and cloud services. This latest achievement is a demonstration of the pace of innovation by Alcatel-Lucent and France Telecom-Orange and a testament to the long standing partnership forged between these two companies." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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