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October 24, 2008

Alcatel-Lucent Intros Metro WDM Platform

Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) has introduced worldwide commercial availability of its metro wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) platform, paving the way for optical network transformation.
The solution, 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), meets service provider requirements for controlled investment in next generation photonic infrastructures. This is done by leveraging Alcatel-Lucent’s Zero Touch Photonics offering, which eliminates the need for frequent on-site interventions.
Zero Touch Photonics enables a WDM network that is more flexible by design and easier to operate, manage and monitor; wavelength services can be deployed and reconfigured according to traffic demands.
Romano Valussi, president of optics activities at Alcatel-Lucent, said in a statement that based on Zero Touch Photonics, the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS accelerates time to service, simplifies operations, and improves performance for better total cost of ownership.
Eve Griliches (News - Alert), program director at IDC, noted that in the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS, the software intelligence and optimized photonic architecture are “elegantly” combined to deliver ease of use.
“With its unique Zero Touch Photonics value proposition, Alcatel-Lucent continues to lead innovation in WDM, the optical networking segment expected to grow the most, to meet customers' demands for OPEX (News - Alert) and CAPEX reductions,” said Griliches.
With the new 1830 PSS, Alcatel-Lucent expects to position itself to partner with services providers to develop new sustainable business models where bandwidth growth is achieved. Alcatel-Lucent said these partnerships will offer next-generation photonic networks that can mimic the automation and fast time-to-service capabilities of digital-based transport networks while ensuring the bandwidth efficiency of pure photonic networks.
A network built with the new concept of the 1830 PSS can expect to see a more positive return than one built with a fixed optical add-drop multiplexer, according to a business case developed by Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs.
Moreover, The Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS allows service providers to deliver any content to their end-users while facing higher bandwidth demands and declining service tariffs.
The new Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS metro WDM platform targets worldwide accounts, including fixed and mobile service providers, incumbent and alternative providers, cable operators and multiple service operators (MSOs), and more.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke

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