Nortel 100G Optical Solution Commercially Available

Nortel unveiled the industry’s first commercially
available 100G solution and announced that Verizon has deployed the
solution in their live customer network in Europe.

Nortel’s 100G solution uses unique technology that allows service
providers to increase the bandwidth of today’s typical 10G
infrastructure by ten times without the need to rip and replace major
parts of the network.  This removes a significant cost barrier for
today’s service providers with constrained CAPEX budgets.

Analyst firm Ovum estimates that global demand for 100G line
side DWDM transponders will grow rapidly over the next five years,
reaching US$455 million by 2014.

"Nortel’s 100G optical solution uses groundbreaking technology
that allows service providers to meet the demands that high bandwidth
applications like HD video on demand, online gaming and cloud computing
are putting on their network," said Philippe Morin, president, Metro
Ethernet Networks, Nortel. "Our 100G solution is the result of years of
dedicated research and development into this cutting-edge technology,
and builds on two decades of innovation leadership in the optical

Using Nortel’s solution, Verizon has today become the world’s
first service provider to deploy 100G technology in a live commercial
network.  Using its existing network, Verizon is carrying live
enterprise customer Private IP traffic over a 100G wavelength on an
893km link between Paris and Frankfurt. Even more impressive is the
fact that the 100G wavelength was simply added alongside in-service 10G
wavelengths in the same fiber.

"This 100G accomplishment is a milestone for the
communications and optical industries, and is the result of leveraging
the strengths of Verizon and Nortel," said Mark Wegleitner, senior vice
president of technology at Verizon. "This type of cooperation and
vision results in innovative and progressive solutions and will
continue to be a requirement to successfully meet the increasing
bandwidth demands of the future."

Nortel’s 100G solution is based on technologies such as
coherent detection, DP QPSK modulation, and advanced electronic digital
signal processing techniques, all of which Nortel is the first and only
vendor to successfully commercialize to date.  More than 50 service
providers and operators worldwide already rely on these technologies in
live deployments of Nortel’s 40G solution, which has been generally
available since May 2008.  In addition to Verizon’s industry-first live
100G deployment, Nortel has previously conducted eight successful
trials of its 100G solution with service providers around the world.

"While other vendors rush to develop advanced 100G optical
transport technologies, Nortel’s 100G solution has been tested and
proven with some of the world’s largest service providers, including
Verizon," said Ron Kline, principal analyst, Network Infrastructure,
Ovum.  "Nortel continues to push the envelope with 100G optical
transmission, keeping its technology edge in high-capacity transport."

Nortel’s 100G solution is part of its 
40G/100G Adaptive Optical Engine
family of products, with two compact 100G cards elegantly streamlined within Nortel’s flagship 
Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 platform
. Nortel’s 
Common Photonic Layer
line system can also be used as part of the 100G solution for in-line amplification and wavelength switching.



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